Hopefully if the weather cooperates, I will be spending a few days this weekend laying on the beach in NJ kicking off the unofficial start to summer. The list of things I love about summer is way too long to list, but one has to be seeing kids on the corner trying desperately to sell lemonade. I always happily oblige and buy a cup from them. Well I think it may be possible for me to make some money off of this recipe, only if I had my own cute kids to be my marketing team.
The blend of strawberries and lemons is perfect and there is a nice fizz added from the seltzer water. Blair and I had this one Sunday night while we grilled and enjoyed our new patio furniture. He told me it rivals my Granny’s golden punch (this recipe still needs to be shared!) that he sucks down every Easter. I can see myself making this frequently throughout the summer for BBQs or just lazy summer nights. So while you are enjoying your holiday weekend, mix up a pitcher of this refreshing lemonade.
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
16 oz. chilled seltzer
What you’ll do:
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about two minutes. Transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until sugar water cools, about 45 minutes. (I actually made the sugar water a day in advance) In a blender, puree the strawberries and add to the pitcher with the lemon juice.* Stir well to combine. Add the seltzer water and stir well. Pour over glasses filled with ice and serve, garnish with mint and strawberries.
*You can also pour the strawberries once they are pureed through a fine mesh sieve prior to adding to the lemon mixture.