Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh Lemons and strawberries make for a yummy summer treat

Strawberry Lemonade/Pink Lemonade

When I was attempting to write this post, the young man (let’s call him Hiccup,yes..after his favorite dragon) who made this Strawberry Lemonade was sitting beside me and watching what I was upto. Like I do when he is doing his homework…oh the pressure..I get it now :). I was typing out the description that goes below the title, “Fresh lemons and strawberries make for a yummy summer treat”. He looks at it and goes ” why just summer ?”. We love lemonade 365 days a year.

The lemon tree in our backyard bore fruits all through the NorCal winter this time and the huge bounty of lemons encouraged us to try different flavors of the humble lemonade. The biggest hit was the strawberry flavored one. After a couple of batches Hiccup started observing keenly and asked me to give him exact measurements so he can try it on his own.

The lemons from our tree are not very sour, but when we used lemons from the store, it was more tart. So, he figured out that one had to adjust water and sugar quantities accordingly. It became his favorite part of the lemonade making process. Taste it and keep adding either more lemon juice or sugar,keep checking for the perfect taste. Then add sliced strawberries, taste it, rest it for a while so the lemonade absorbs the strawberry flavor, then taste it, add more strawberries if needed, then taste it!!

All along his plan was probably to be able to drink more juice than I will allow..duh 😉 ! Do not tell him that I told you all this 😂! This time we have used lemons from a local citrus vendor.

So, here is a roughly perfected Strawberry Lemonade recipe from our Hiccup ( we have kept the children off of social media and will do so as long as we can) :

Ingredients Needed :

  • Lemons 2 + 1 {2 wasn’t tangy enough} large ones (medium tart)
  • Sugar 1/2 cup + a Tablespoon (yes…this addition was after the first taste)
  • Frozen Strawberries 4 -5 (we are waiting for locally grown to show up; you can use either)
  • Salt 1/4 teaspoon (helps balance the flavors)
  • Water 4 + 1 cups (yup…after another taste test)

How to :

In a small mixing bowl, squeeze the lemons and get the juice out. It is ok if the seeds get mixed in, we can filter them out before mixing the lemon juice in water.

Take another large mixing bowl, add the water, sugar and salt. Mix well until the sugar dissolves. You can use a whisk to help speed the dissolving of the sugar (and create a tornado to amuse yourself in the meantime).

Once the sugar and salt dissolve, filter the lemon juice into this mixture. No seeds, no pulp is our preference.

Slice up some strawberries and add them to the bowl. Let it sit in the refrigerator or the kitchen counter for about 10 – 15 minutes. Check the taste (yup…one more time) and see if it is how you like it and pour it into a jug or glass bottle.

Refrigerate it. Tastes best when you leave it be for a day in the refrigerator.

But, we poured ourselves a nice cup of freshly made Strawberry Lemonade for quality check purpose! It was perfectly delicious…obviously ;)!

I have used the saturation filter for the collage, so kindly excuse the crazy colors. We were pressed for time and our pictures turned out quite dull and blurry 😦 but the pink lemonade was uber delicious !! Also, a novice food photographer here.

We really hope you try this and love it as much as we do. Thank you for stopping by, adios until later.

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