We asked you how you're staying cool this August, and your answers are already coming in! Here's our first reader Stay Cool! recipe.
How are you staying cool? Lots of icy cold fruit drinks keep us cool on summer days. Sparkling strawberry lemonade recipe below! Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
4-6 lemons, enough to equal 1 cup of lemon juice
1-1 1/2 c. simple syrup (recipe follows)
16 oz. container of strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 quart sparkling water
Mint to garnish (I just used small strawberries for garnish.)
Juice the lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice. Blend the strawberries and 1/2 c. of the simple syrup in a blender or with an immersion blender, until smooth. Strain to remove the seeds. Pour lemon juice, strawberry puree, 1/2 c. simple syrup, and sparkling water into a pitcher. Add more simple syrup if needed to achieve the sweetness you like. Add ice and chill.
Recipe: Simple Syrup
(I only used 1 c. of simple syrup for my pitcher of lemonade. If you want it more sweet than tart, use 3/4 c. sugar to 3/4 c. water and add it all.)
1 part sugar to 1 part water
Combine sugar and warm water. Stir to dissolve sugar. (This can also be done on the stovetop, but I found this was faster and easier.)
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