Summer has not officially started yet, but as usual no one has informed the weather that June 21st has not yet arrived. For the past few weeks we have experienced some pretty warm weather almost everywhere, at least below the Mason-Dixon line.
I don’t know about you, but one of my all time favorite Summer (or really, anytime) drinks is strawberry lemonade. I love lemons. I could eat lemons raw, that’s how much I love them. I also love strawberries, so what could be better than the combination of the two, right? One of the things I don’t love about lemonade is how much sugar is in it in order to counter act the sourness. Instead of sugar, I used Stevia, which is great to use in drinks because it dissolves pretty easily without having to heat up your liquid. It is also much sweeter than granulated sugar so you can use less.
1. Juice the strawberries using a electric juicer;
2. Puree the strawberries and add it to the lemon juice, seeds and all; or
3. Puree the strawberries and run it through a sieve in order to remove the seeds and pulp.
I choose option #3. But all are fine options.
If you do plan on making this recipe, use it more of a guideline. Start with your lemon juice and strawberry juice, then add part of the sugar and water, adding more until you get the desired sweetness and concentration. You may want to add more stevia/sugar/sweetener and water than I have listed in the recipe. Like most of my recipes, I encourage you to play with it and make it your own.