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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade


Growing up I always loved sugary sweet lemonades.  As an adult I can't handle overly sweet beverages like that anymore.  During the summer months you often hear how lemonade is refreshing.  Well, I disagree.  No offense to everyone that says that, however in my opinion lemonade is usually too tart to be refreshing to me.

That is, until I tried Strawberry Lemonade!  I managed to live 29 years in the Midwest (lemonade stands galore!) and never tried Strawberry Lemonade.  What a mistake!  I was hooked with the first sip.  It's still a bit tart from the lemons, and a bit sweet from the strawberry, but not overpoweringly tart or sweet.  Perfect!

When looking through my Google Reader one day I came across this recipe I had starred and decided to try it.  No, the weather hasn't been hot lately, but it will be soon, and I want to make sure I have a fantastic strawberry lemonade recipe ready to go.  This is it!  Not only is it slightly sweet, and slightly tart, but the kick of sparkling water (aka bubbles!) is perfect for a confirmed diet soda addict such as myself!

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
Ingredients:

For the Strawberry Syrup1 heaping cup chopped strawberries
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp. cold water
pinch of salt

For the Lemonade1 cup very hot water
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 1/2 cups cold sparkling water

Directions:
To make the syrup, combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, water and salt in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Puree until smooth.  Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds, pressing down to extract as much liquid as possible.

To make the lemonade, combine the hot water and sugar in a pitcher.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Mix in the lemon juice and sparkling water.  Stir in the strawberry puree.

To serve, rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of the glass and dip in sugar if desired.  Garnish with a sliced lemon or strawberry.

Makes 6-7 cups

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Source: Pink Parsley Catering

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