A delicious, super-simple drink that everyone loves.
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup pureed strawberries (to make this, simply cut stems off strawberries & put them in a blender)
2/3 cup sugar
2 quarts water
Mix the lemon juice, strawberry puree, and sugar in the bottom of a 2-quart pitcher. Stir with a spoon as you run water into the pitcher until it’s full. Chill in the fridge, or just put ice cubes in, and serve!
The beauty of how simple this can be, to me, is this: you really don’t have to make fresh strawberry puree. It freezes like a charm; in fact I freeze all my strawberries in puree form rather than whole, because they hold up so much better in the freezer that way, not losing any color or texture the way whole or cut frozen berries do. (It is important, for good flavor, that the strawberries be really ripe; this is also a great way to use berries that don’t look perfect, have soft spots starting, etc.) So in strawberry season, I stock up on strawberry puree; then I can get it out of the freezer anytime, put a container of it in the fridge & dip into it anytime to make strawberry lemonade. A huge hit with kids, guests, pretty much anybody.
For a special occasion, try making double strawberry lemonade: use the same recipe, but with a full cup of puree rather than ½ cup. Instead of pink it will be a deeper red color, with a more intense flavor. This might be a good elegant drink to serve on a more formal occasion for those who can’t partake of alcohol.
Heather Munn has a BA in literature from Wheaton College and now lives in a Christian intentional community in rural Illinois, where she and her husband, Paul, host free spiritual retreats especially for those transitioning out of homelessness or addiction. She has published a young adult novel, How Huge the Night, with Kregel Publications.