Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Speedy Strawberry Lemonade

Super easy to make, using fresh or frozen strawberries and frozen lemonade concentrate, it's sure to become a spring and summer favorite!

Speedy Strawberry Lemonade

I've gotten a few inquiries about my recipe for the strawberry lemonade I mentioned the other day. Well, there's not a thing to it, because for this I use frozen concentrate. Lemons are a bit pricey unless you are lucky enough to have a mature tree, or you can catch them reduced. Since I have just one baby Meyer lemon tree that is barely 2 seasons old and produced exactly one lemon this year, I only tend to make fresh lemonade for special events and holidays.

Many times I use good ole concentrate just like everybody else, and this is one of them, so we'll call this a "speedy" version. Of course you can certainly make a fresh lemonade concentrate (minus the water) with simple syrup and simply add the pureed strawberries to that if you prefer to go from scratch.

I do add sugar, or sugar substitute if you prefer, because for this combination of lemon and strawberry, I prefer it more on the sweet side rather than the tart side, so add sugar to your taste. Super easy, and so refreshing, and yes, you can also use frozen strawberries! Vary it by using limeade for the lemonade, or puree cherries or watermelon instead of the strawberry for a different flavor. Here's how to make it.



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Recipe: Speedy Strawberry Lemonade

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Prep time: 10 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar or sugar substitute, or to taste
  • Water to fill 2 quart pitcher
  • Sliced lemons and maraschino cherries, for garnish, optional
Instructions

Clean and wash strawberries, add to food processor and process until pureed. Strain and press through a sieve to remove any larger chunks of fruit and gunk - don't skip this step, it really makes a difference! Combine the lemonade and strawberry puree in a pitcher, add 1/4 cup of sugar or sugar substitute and water. Stir to blend well, taste and add additional sugar if desired.

Note: Can also substitute homemade lemonade concentrate - simply add the base (without the water) along with the strawberry puree and sugar, then fill pitcher with water. Can also substitute a 16-ounce package of frozen, thawed strawberries. Whirl in a blender or food processor, then strain into the pitcher and proceed with recipe. If they are sweetened strawberries, you may still need a bit of sweetener - simply taste first, start with about 1/8 cup of sweetener, taste and adjust as needed to taste.

Variations: Substitute frozen limeade concentrate for the lemonade. May also substitute 2 large (12 to 14 ounce) jars of maraschino cherries, with their juices, pureeing one jar, or 3 cups of pureed and strained, seedless watermelon, for the strawberries. Add vodka or rum for an adult beverage, but remember to drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.

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