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Blushing Strawberry Lemonade

 

When you want to dress up a special gathering with a lovely nonalcoholic beverage, look no further. This drink is as pretty, refreshing and flavorful as lemonade gets!

Prep time: 20 min | Total time: 20 min | 3 Servings

Ingredients

10 oz

Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Strawberries

¾ cup

Sugar (superfine preferred)

½ cup

water

1 cup

fresh lemon juice (from about 7 to 8 lemons))

3 cups

sparkling water or club soda

Lemon wedges and sugar for rimming glasses (optional)

Ice for serving

Directions

Place the strawberries in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar, 1/2 cup water and lemon juice. 

Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and boil slowly, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the berries are soft enough to crush.  

Pour the mixture over a strainer set over a bowl. Press down on the mixture to extract as much juice as possible, scraping the bottom of the strainer often. Taste at this point — if it’s too sour, add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring to dissolve completely before tasting again. 

Just before serving, add the sparkling water and stir. If you like, rub a lemon wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip the rim in sugar. Serve the lemonade over ice.

Make-Ahead Note: Once strained, the berry syrup may be kept in the refrigerator, tighly sealed, for up to 2 days.

Fresh Variation:  Use 2-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced, instead of the frozen.    

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