Schools Out! Time For Lemonade!

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My Lovely Spawn love lemonade. And I love to cook, bake and mix. And did I mention that my Lovely Spawn love lemonade? They do. We do.

A.l.O.t…..

And I love making things for them and surprising them.
Last year I found a wonderful Ginger Lemonade that we all love, oh so very much, and it is so easy to make. This year I decided to ramp it up and make as many different lemonades as possible. The kids love experimenting.
So, here is the first of many Lemonade Recipes that I hope to bring to you over the Summer Break.

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Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

  • 4 qts water
  • 1 to 3 cups sugar (depends on your preference for sweetness or tartness) – I used 1 1/2 cups taking into account that I would be adding sugar to blend the strawberries and the also factoring in the natural sweetness of strawberries.
  • PLUS additional 4 tablespoons sugar to blend with strawberries.
  • 4 cups lemon juice   (I’ve found that 1, 2lb bag of lemons typically gives me 2 cups of lemon juice so I buy 2 bags)
  • Approximately 8 – 10 large strawberries (I bought a 32oz container and let the kids finish what was left)

 

I cobbled this together from a few different recipes and it got the thumbs up from all.

I started with my usual Lemonade Base which makes 1 gallon:

-4 qts. of water
-1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of sugar (again for this recipe I used 1 1/2 cups of sugar)

*Reserve 2 cups of water to the side and bring the rest of the water and the sugar to a boil until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat.

Meanwhile –

Juice the lemons.

*I strain the juice to get the seeds out and much of the pulp. The Spawn don’t care for too much pulp.

Cut the leafy tops off of the strawberries and halve them.

Toss the berries into a blender or processor with a cup of reserved water (or as much as you feel is needed – any leftover water just put into the lemonade in the end), 2 tablespoons of sugar and blend until it is liquified.

I liquified my strawberries in 2 batches.

Pour lemon juice and strawberry juice into sugar water base, let cool 15 minutes or so then refrigerate.

Beautiful child loves hers topped with blueberries, red raspberries and a slice of lemon, I mix mine with white wine sometimes and the rest prefer theirs plainly delightful and refreshing.

Enjoy!

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