Its summertime and what says summer more than lemonade? And since we live in California, strawberries are a summertime staple (well, actually nearly all year here). One of my lovely neighbors dropped off a huge bag of lemons so of course, that meant it was time to make some homemade lemonade. After a quick trip to the Farmer’s Market this morning to grab a ton of strawberries (my kids go through them like no one’s business) it was time to make some thirst quenching juice. I thought about adding the mint after I took a picture next to the mint on the table and it ended up even tastier!
- 2-3 cups strawberries
- 1½ cups lemon juice
- ½ cup sugar
- 3-4 cups water
- Sprigs of mint (optional)
Blend 2-3 cups of strawberries with 2-3 tablespoons of the lemon juice into a puree. Strain the strawberries to get rid of all the seeds and itty-bitty parts in a fine wire mesh strainer. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll need to use a spoon to gently stir the puree around so most of it will go down the strainer, otherwise you’ll need to wait a really long time! If you don’t have a strainer, nylons work really well, too (yes I mean torn pantyhose that instead of just throwing away, you cut in to different size pieces to use for various reasons)!
Combine the strained strawberry juice, lemon juice, sugar and 3 cups of water and mix well until the sugar has dissolved.
If using the fresh mint, you want to squish/crumble/crush the leaves to release the flavor, but not so hard that the leaves break.
NOTE: If you serve over a glass full of ice cubes or you plan on adding ice cubes to a pitcher, you won’t want that extra cup of water. But if you’re going to chill the lemonade ahead of time and won’t be serving with ice, it might be pretty tart without the additional cup of water. And of course remember that strawberries can be extra sweet or not, and lemons can be extra tart or not, so you may need to add more sugar to suit your taste.