I do not know how I am going to survive the heat this year. That last two days have been sooooooo HOT. It felt as hot today at 6 p.m. as it did at noon. Isn't it supposed to cool down in the evening? I was outside cleaning my Dad's truck and I was already sweating just from plugging in the vacuum, ha ha. BUT . . . serious, it's hot.
That is why I drank A LOT of this ice cold Strawberry Lemonade today. It's the perfect combination of tart and sweet and a total thirst quencher. I love the flavor on day two.
Since everyone prefers their lemonade a little differently, I included a few tips at the bottom of the recipe to help you create your perfect lemonade.
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1 c. hot water
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 c. cold water
16 oz. strawberries, pureed
Combine hot water and sugar in a pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the lemon juice, cold water and pureed strawberries and stir well. Taste and adjust any ingredients, if needed. Refrigerate until very cold and serve. Makes just under 2 quarts of lemonade.
-If it's too tart, add a little more sugar and stir until dissolved.
-If it's too strong, add a little more cold water.
-If you want more strawberry flavor, try stirring in 1/4 cup of good strawberry jam. I personally think this adds some really good strawberry flavor. Just keep stirring and it will dissolve.
-If you don't like seeds, pour the prepared lemonade through a fine mesh strainer.
Jenn's Notes: I bought a bag of lemons and they were really small lemons. I had to use 11 of those small lemons to equal 1 cup of fresh juice. The amount of lemons you will need will depend on their size.
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