There’s nothing I like more than a refreshing drink during the summer. The one drink that always makes me think of summer is lemonade. A previous boyfriend of mine was obsessed with strawberry lemonade, so I developed this recipe for him. It has since become my go to lemonade recipe, and now I make it for myself all the time!
Making this lemonade recipe allows me to pretend we have some semblance of summer weather in SF. For those of you who haven’t been here, it is a “hot” 65 degrees F most of the time during the summer months. The key to this lemonade is sparkling water. I got the idea while drinking some Italian soda one day. I loved that it gave my drink an extra kick, and I thought it would do the same for my lemonade recipe.
What really makes this a summer drink are the strawberries. They are the quintessential summer fruit in my eyes. It also doesn’t hurt that they give the lemonade this pretty pink color. You do eat with your eyes first after all. I have used strawberries in various dishes in previous posts (here and here) which just goes to show how versatile this fruit is! The strawberries give this drink a tart flavor which works to balance out the amount of sugar (which is a lot).
Strawberry LemonadePrint Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups strawberries
- 6 medium lemons
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups sparkling water
Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a sauce pan and heat until the sugar is melted. Set aside and bring to room temperature.
Put the strawberries into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Combine the strawberries and the sugar/water mixture in a pitcher. Use a fine mesh sieve for the strawberries to make sure they are smooth.
Squeeze 6 lemons into the mixture.
Add in 4 cups of distilled water and 2 cups of water. Mix the lemonade until all the ingredients are incorporated well.
Taste the lemonade to make sure it has the right balance of sweet and sour. Add some lemon if it's too sweet and add some sugar if it's too sour.