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Lemonade (Classic / Strawberry)

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Lemonade (Classic and Strawberry)

Summer is around the corner and I love this time of year! It means more time with my grandkids, a relaxed schedule and of course endless days of sun, pool and pure bliss! I like to serve refreshing Lemonade on these hot summer days. It's definitely a must-have for fun summer outings like picnics or casual lunches if you are entertaining. Today I am making two different lemonades - traditional classic Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade. It's the perfect pick-me-up drink!

Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

For simple syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water (this is to make simple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

lemonade

  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper (grounded)
  • 2 cup cold water (approximately)
  • Mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish
  • Ice

Strawberry lemonade

  • 1 cup strawberries (trimmed and sliced)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup simple syrup (adjust as needed)
  • 2 cup cold water (approximately)
  • Ice

Method

  1. First make a "simple syrup". Place the sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir so that the sugar dissolves completely and turn off the heat.
  2. After syrup cools off, strain the syrup to remove the mint leaves.
  3. This syrup can be made in advance and can be refrigerated.

Classic Lemon lemonade

  1. Mix simple syrup, lemon juice, salt and black pepper to the water and pour over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slice.

Strawberry lemonade

  1. Save few slices of strawberry for garnishing and purée rest of the strawberries with ¼ cup of water in a blender until smooth

  2. Then strain the puree into a bowl to remove seeds.

  3. Stir together strawberry purée, with lemon juice, simple syrup, and water in a pitcher mix it well.

  4. Taste, then add more sugar if desired. Serve over ice. Add few pieces of strawberry to the glass.

Recipe Notes

Tip: Every ingredient in this recipe can be adjusted to your taste. 

Variations

Replace water with soda water. Add one tablespoon fresh ginger juice.


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