Perfect Strawberry Lemonade

A sweet lemonade made with pureed strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons

Perfect Strawberry Lemonade // A sweet lemonade made with pureed strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons // www.mesacookingco.com

Summer days are here! Long, sunny days, blue skies, picnics, barbecues, walks outside, growing gardens – all this calls for a seasonal celebratory drink!

I’m a fan of lemonade, but I’m a bigger fan of berries of all kinds. Strawberry Lemonade is the crisp, sweet drink that you need on a summer evening and one of my very favorite drinks. 99.8% of the time, I just drink water. But Strawberry Lemonade is a loved exception to that habit!

Perfect Strawberry Lemonade // A sweet lemonade made with pureed strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons // www.mesacookingco.com

There’s a lot of recipes out there for this type of drink, but I’ll tell you why this is the perfect recipe:

  1. It’s super full of fresh strawberry flavor!! Some recipes have just a hint of strawberry in them, but when I want some Strawberry Lemonade, I want some Strawberry Lemonade.
  2. The sugar is dissolved. Making a simple syrup (1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water) over medium heat on the stove dissolves all the sugar which avoids grittiness and helps keep the sweetness even throughout the entire pitcher.
  3. It’s made with fresh lemons! This makes a big difference. Pick up five or six lemons on your next trip to the grocery store and you won’t regret it!
  4. It’s the perfect balance of sweetness from the simple syrup and strawberries and tartness from those freshly squeezed lemons.

Perfect Strawberry Lemonade // A sweet lemonade made with pureed strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons // www.mesacookingco.com

Perfect Strawberry Lemonade // A sweet lemonade made with pureed strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons // www.mesacookingco.com

A quick note on texture: because these strawberries are pureed, all those seeds (okay, they’re not technically ‘seeds’, but you can read about all the mysteries of strawberries here) are mixed into your drink. I really like it this way! But that texture may not be for everyone. If you think seeds in your drink sounds a little icky, you can make a quick change to avoid it. After pureeing the strawberries, push them through a fine mesh strainer with a wooden spoon. The seeds will be left and the juice will run through. Yay – smooth lemonade!

Perfect Strawberry Lemonade
Author: Rachel // Mesa Cooking Co.
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Serves: Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup hulled, quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 7 cups water, separated
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (6-7 lemons)
Instructions
  1. Pureed the strawberries until smooth. This should produce about 1/2 cup once pureed. If you do not want seeds in your lemonade, press through a fine mesh strainer with a wooden smooth with a bowl underneath to catch the juice. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the sugar and 1 cup of the water until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Pour the sugar mixture into a large pitcher along with the pureed strawberries, the remaining 6 cups of water, and the lemon juice. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve with lemon and strawberry slices as garnish.
Notes
*Add tequila or vodka for a boozy version![br]Make vegan: If you prefer to avoid granulated sugar, substitute turbinado sugar or another vegan sugar.

Perfect Strawberry Lemonade // A sweet lemonade made with pureed strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons // www.mesacookingco.com

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