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.
-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
-1 container of lemonade (such as Turkey Hill or Simply Lemonade)
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!