Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Freckled Lemonade



Please do me a favor:  go buy a bunch of lemons.  Don't wait for life to hand you those lemons, go out there and get them yourself!  And then make this lemonade.  I promise that this is the best lemonade you will ever have.  I made it this past weekend when we had family visiting, and Lauren and I could not stop drinking it/talking about how delicious it was!  This will definitely be my go-to summer drink!

Freckled Lemonade
zest of one lemon
2 cups sugar
2 cups chopped hulled strawberries
2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 large lemons)
1/4 tsp salt

Make the lemon syrup:  Bring the lemon zest, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.  Let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, make the strawberry syrup:  Toss the chopped strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Gently mash some of the strawberries with a potato masher to release the juices; do not pureé - you want there to still be strawberry chunks.   Let the mixture sit at room temperature until the sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes.  Strain the strawberry mixture with a fine mesh strainer; reserve the strawberry syrup and the berries separately.

Make the lemonade:  Combine the lemon juice, lemon syrup, salt, and 2 cups cold water in a pitcher.

For each drink, put 1 Tbsp of the strawberry syrup in a tall glass.  Fill with ice, then top with the lemonade and some of the reserved strawberries.

source:  recipe from Food Network Magazine, May 2012

12 comments:

  1. This is HANDS DOWN the BEST. LEMONADE. EVER. Maybe even the best drink. I'm making it tonight and just might end up using all the 8 gallons of strawberries in my freezer that were supposed to be for smoothies all year for this lemonade.

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  2. LOVE lemonade in the summer, especially with strawberries. Nothing better!

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  3. This looks AMAZING! I can't wait to try it!!!

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  4. Yummy! I think we should talk Emily into having some of this at her wedding! :)

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    1. You should definitely try it for a bridal shower--it would be a big hit!

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  5. This sounds so perfect and refreshing for summer!

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  6. This sounds delicious and looks gorgeous! I'm definitely pinning this!

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  7. Oh my goodness! I want some!

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  8. Okay I am taking your word! I am going to buy lemons. This look delicious and refreshing.

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