Spiked Strawberry Lemonades

Spiked Strawberry Lemonades

Spiked Strawberry Lemonades
Spiked Strawberry Lemonades

What says summer more than fresh ingredients?  Moreover, what says summer more than lemonade?  Now that I’ve breeched adulthood, I am finding solace in a weekly-or nightly-libation.  To me, it has to be my Strawberry Lemonades to make the clouds go away.  This drink pairs the perfect pucker of fresh lemons and lemonade with crimson, sweet strawberries.

Ingredients:

-2 pints of strawberries
-4 lemons (2 zested and juiced and 2 sliced for garnish)
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup water
-pinch of salt
-Citrus Vodka
-1 container of lemonade (such as Turkey Hill or Simply Lemonade)

Frozen Strawberry Ice cubes
Frozen Strawberry Ice cubes

I start with 2 pints of strawberries, remove the green tops and rinse.  From there, I chop of the strawberries into quarters and place in a medium sized stockpot.  Next, I add long curls of lemon zest from two lemons and then proceed with the juice of those lemons.  Finally, I add ¼ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil to create somewhat of a jam.  After the strawberries have softened and the flavors have married (about 10 minutes), I shut the heat off and allow them to cool on the stove for an additional 10 minutes.  Once cooled, I pour the mixture into a blender and pulse until you have a smooth puree.  After that, I pour the puree into a baking dish and pop into the freezer for about 15 minutes to allow it to cool completely.  In the meantime, take 2 lemons and slice into thin rounds.  I like to use one lemon for the pitcher and one lemon for the garnish on each glass.  Another thing that I like to do is freeze a few of the strawberries and use them as ice cubes.

After the mixture has cooled completely, pour 2 to 3 cups of the puree into the bottom of a glass pitcher and then add the fresh lemon rounds.  Next, add 8 cups of fresh lemonade and finish the cocktail off with a healthy drink of good citrus flavored vodka (all of these measurements can be edited to your liking).  Give the drink a stir, pour into the glasses and top with ice.

Cheers to summer and bring on the fall!

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