Thursday, June 11, 2020

Strawberry lemonade

Between the heat, its 95 degrees here in Orange County right now, and the boy having dental surgery there hasn't been a whole lot of cooking going on around here. I went for a hike yesterday and drove by a strawberry stand. Strawberries are by far one of my favorite foods and they had full flats discounted to $20. So its strawberry everything right now.  Friends of the family gave us some lemons from their tree and I just knew that I had to make strawberry lemonade.

I juiced the lemons, their tree gives huge lemons so 3 gave me almost a cup and a half of juice. I made a simple syrup with half that amount of sugar. I cut up a handful of strawberries and let the strawberries float in the syrup while it was hot for a few minutes. So it would pull out some of the color and flavor a little faster.  Then I mixed it all together and topped the pitcher up with water. I used a 2 quart pitcher. If you want to serve immediately fill the pitcher up with ice before adding the syrup, lemon juice and water. Then mix the same.

1 1/2 cups lemon juice
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup water
handful of strawberries sliced

Juice lemons. Place sugar and water in pan, heat and stir until sugar dissolves completely. Add strawberries to simple syrup. Add to pitcher top with water and stir.