FoodCool down this summer with homemade strawberry lemonade tips

Cool down this summer with homemade strawberry lemonade tips

Strawberry lemonade
Strawberry lemonade
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3:34 PM EDT, June 5, 2024

During hot days, the more we drink, the better: coffee, tea, juices, water, compotes. The choice is large, but we must not forget about lemonade. The classic version is made from lemons, but it's much better to use these fruits during strawberry season.

Lemonade frequently features in summer articles with titles like "price shock." Indeed, in restaurants, you often have to pay a lot for it. It's tempting because it quenches thirst and hydrates so well. However, it's worth checking the price first. That's why I've been making lemonade at home for a long time. Children especially love this strawberry variation.

Lemonade isn't just lemons

It's known that making things at home is generally cheaper than buying them in a restaurant. But with lemonade, this is particularly true. The cost of making it at home is not high. In restaurants, we often pay well over 3 dollars for a glass. While classic lemonade is based on lemons, you can also use other fruits. I'm leaning towards strawberries these days, but you can't skip the citrus additions.

Feel the mint

The history of lemonade begins with water and lemon. It was from this simple drink, with modifications and the addition of sugar syrup, that lemonade was created. Over the years, people started making it with other fruits as well. However, the addition of lemon juice is always necessary. It adds an incredibly refreshing sour taste and contains vitamin C.

Water is essential because it contributes significantly to the drink's ability to hydrate. Green leaves, usually mint, are added to almost every version of lemonade due to their cooling effects. And strawberries? They are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and folic acid and benefit the heart. There are plenty of reasons to enjoy them in any form.

Strawberry lemonade

Ingredients:

                              
  • 1.5 qt of water
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • 2 lemons
  • 3-4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • A handful of fresh mint
  • Ice, optionally

Preparation method:

                      
  1. Wash the lemons and strawberries, and rinse the mint sprigs.
  2. Boil 1/4 cup of water, and add sugar. Stir thoroughly to make a syrup.
  3. Remove the hulls from the strawberries. Squeeze the juice from the lemons.
  4. Place the strawberries in a blender, add water, lemon juice, and sugar syrup. Blend the mixture.
  5. Strain the lemonade through a sieve into a large pitcher. Add chopped fresh mint leaves and a handful of ice cubes. You can also blend the ice cubes.
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