Friday, May 17, 2013

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 c. fresh lemon juice (4 to 6 lemons)
½ pint strawberries
3 to 4 cups cold water
ice, mint, strawberry slices
Wash, stem and chop strawberries. Heat sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and reduce to ¾ cup. Add strawberries and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool then strain mashing strawberry pulp to extract as much of the juice as possible. Pour into a large pitcher. Squeeze lemons and add to the strawberry syrup. Dilute with cold water to taste. Add ice to a  glass pour in lemonade then garnish with fresh mint, a lemon slice and sliced strawberries. You could also add a little vodka for a refreshing adult beverage on a hot day.
Yield 4 to 6 glasses.