I have yet to come across a person that doesn’t love lemonade. And the awesome thing about it is that almost anything goes. Add cucumbers and mint and you have a refreshing cucumber mint lemonade. Or throw in a few blueberries to make a yummy blueberry lemonade. What about a honey lavender lemonade? I’ll take it.
Originally, I had wanted to make a strawberry cake but I didn’t have time for baking. Or rather, I just didn’t feel like it. Emeril Lagasse’s strawberry lemonade to the rescue!
Strawberry Lemonade (based on Emeril’s recipe)
4 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tsp – 1 tbsp of lemon zest
2 cups of fresh lemon juice (I used 1 cup of fresh lemon juice and 1 cup of bottled lemon juice)
2 pints of fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
4 cups of seltzer
Whole strawberries for garnish
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.
Add lemon juice and zest. Stir.
Remove from heat. Let cool. Strain into pitcher.
Puree the strawberries in a blender. Add to pitcher with lemon juice. Stir.
Add seltzer. Stir.
Refrigerate or pour over glasses filled with ice. Garnish with strawberries.
Aren’t summertime drinks the best? As much as I love hot cocoas and ciders, there’s nothing like an icy strawberry lemonade to go with your barbecue grub. Soooo good.