Homemade Strawberry Lemonade is a simple to make, cool, refreshing drink made with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, sugar and water.
A few months ago I was flipping through a magazine and saw a recipe for Strawberry Lemonade. I can’t even remember which magazine it was, but after seeing it I decided to make it myself.
I guess other bloggers had the same idea too, because I then started to see a TON of recipes being posted for the same thing on Pinterest as well.
So I decided to wait awhile to post my recipe and shared a few other new recipes in the meantime. Now that Summer is almost over, I had post this recipe for Strawberry Lemonade before it was too late or I’d have to wait until next year.
My kids LOVE lemonade, but I don’t make it very often. Nor do they drink a lot of sugary drinks on a regular basis. Even when they go out to eat, they’ll stick with water or unsweetened iced tea.
But every once in a while they crave the sweet stuff and that’s ok with me since it’s not very often; besides they’re 21 and 16 so if they haven’t learned by now what is healthy and what isn’t I guess it’s too late. 😉
Making Strawberry Lemonade is really quite easy and it’s naturally “pink” with only four ingredients: sugar, water, lemon juice and strawberries.
According to the ingredient label from one of the more popular brands of pink pink lemonade, it contains sugar, fructose, citric acid, contains less than 2% of maltodextrin, natural flavor, ascorbic acid(vitamin C), sodium citrate, magnesium oxide, calcium fumarate, soy lecithin, artificial color, red 40, red 40 lake, tocopherol (preserves freshness).
Hmm…now which one would you rather serve your family? I personally would go with Option 1…the homemade kind. To make Strawberry Lemonade, you first have to make a simple syrup; which is what makes the lemonade sweet.
How do you make strawberry lemonade?
Start by combining strawberries, granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, pressing down on the strawberries with the back of a spoon to form a pulp. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and allow the liquid to cool for about 30 minutes.
Add the simple syrup to a 2 quart pitcher along with 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (approximately 6-8 lemons) and 2 cups of cold water. Mix well and chill in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
My girls really enjoyed this Strawberry Lemonade and it was so refreshing. If you’d like, you can also slice up fresh lemons and strawberries to add as a garnish. ~Enjoy!
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- Start by combining strawberries, granulated sugar and 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, pressing down on the strawberries with the back of a spoon to form a pulp.
- Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and allow the liquid to cool for about 30 minutes.
- Add the simple syrup to a 2 quart pitcher along with the lemon juice and water. Mix well and chill in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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