August 22, 2011

Soaking Up Every Last Moment of Summer (Strawberry Lemonade)

The countdown to the start of school is nearly upon us... I know much of the rest of the country has already returned to school.  I can't believe that we are almost to the end of August... where did June and July go?

So many things I wanted to do, perhaps I should have made up a bucket list like Cate did.  I'll have to make one for next summer.  I do hope that even with soccer and fall baseball starting up soon that we'll be able to steal a few fall days to do some fun things... perhaps a fall picnic in Central Park, visit the Harry Potter exhibit at the Discovery Museum... apple picking with friends... an end of the summer bbq and ice cream party... I need to get these things on the calendar before the warm days come to an end.  I do enjoy fall, but it's the cold winter that I dread.  So, for now, I am going to pretend that we are still in the middle of the warm days of summer with weeks and weeks left before it'll be over... and make another pitcher of Strawberry Lemonade.

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Funny, but this was the first time I've even attempted to make any kind of lemonade from scratch.  My Boys love the Simply Lemonade with Raspberry... and I do love it as well because it's one of the more natural ready-made lemonades out there. 

I recently had some extra strawberries hanging around, so I decided it was time to make a homemade lemonade to enjoy.  I scoured the internet looking for recipes and ended up pulling together one from several different ideas.

If you like your lemonade on the tart side, you will want to add less sugar.  If you prefer sweeter, keep tasting and adding a little more sugar until it tastes sweet enough.  It can be a fine line and it does depend on the strawberries you are using... some are not as sweet so they need a bit more sugar to coax them into producing a sweet enough beverage.


Strawberry Lemonade
Source: Patsyk Original

Ingredients
  • 2 cups hulled and halved strawberries
  • 1 1/4-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (I used 4 large lemons)
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
Directions
  1. Add strawberries, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to a blender and puree until there are no solid bits left. 
  2. Pour remaining lemon juice, cold water and sugar into a glass pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the strawberry puree and stir to combine.  Serve chilled over ice.


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1 comment:

Joanne said...

It certainly FEELS like we're in the middle of warm summer afternoons! But yeah it's been passing by WAY too quickly. I need to sit back and relax more with one of these sitting next to me!

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