Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Lately I've been dreaming of spring.  I know it's still winter, but with cold temps and rain this week all I can do is think of spring and waking up to the sound of chirping birds. 

In an effort to pretend it's warm and sunny I decided to make a pitcher of strawberry lemonade.  The lemons remind me of sunshine.
  
I enjoyed sipping on this cold, freshly made drink at home especially when things are a little gray outside.  So if it's dreary in your neck of the woods, try this recipe!

Ingredients
1/2 lb strawberries (about 1 1/2 cups), trimmed and halved 
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 5 lemons) 
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar 
3 cups cold sparkling water (also known as club soda) 

Directions
Puree strawberries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a blender until smooth, then strain the mixture to remove the seeds. Stir together strawberry puree remaining lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and sparkling water in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Taste, add more sugar if desired. Serve over ice.

recipe adapted from http://www.epicurious.com/

35 comments:

  1. Your strawberry lemonade looks delicious, I would love a glass of that right now, even though it is raining, it will be sunny tomorrow..loved the pictures..

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  2. This looks so good. I need to try and make me some!
    http://www.navywif33.com

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  3. I love the combination of berries and citrus thanks for sharing...it's more than dreary here in Ohio Mother Nature isn't being very nice to us.

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  4. If I had made a delicious and yummy lemonade like yours, I could fake a little summer, too :))))

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  5. What's that old saying..."When life hands you lemons, make lemonade"? Well, winter is certainly a big ol' lemon, and are totally making the best of it with this lemonade!!! I LOVE strawberry lemonade all year round, especially when it's made fresh! We're expecting to really get dumped on tonight into tomorrow with snowfall totals anywhere from 6"-22" depending on how far north you are. I'm gonna need a VAT of lemonade!!! :-) Happy Hump Day!

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  6. looking good, as usual! I cant wait until Spring either:(

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  7. Brandi, this looks soooooo good. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog....

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  8. Now you got me ready for spring early I will be making some this weekend.

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  9. This looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing! This will be on the short list of appreciations for Spring for me. I'm a pollen allergy baby:(

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  10. You make the BEST drinks with a blender girl!

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  11. Yum, yum!! I LOVE strawberry lemonade. We've got chillier temps and rain here, too. I've been just itching to use our backyard patio and sit out in the warm air.

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  12. This looks so delicious! You have me craving sunshine too now!

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  13. I am right there with you. I am so ready for spring and this drink definitely looks like spring.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh, gosh, that looks delicious! I'm ready for Spring too, and we haven't even had Winter...but I don't mind.:)
    Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment on my blog..
    http://babs-upstairsdownstairs.blogspot.com/
    Thanks again, and have a great weekend,
    Babs

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  15. This looks very refreshing and full of sunshine, Brandi! You always set such a pretty table! xoxo

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  16. Brandi, this sounds delicious. I wonder how it would taste with a little vodka added LOL. Your pictures are really pretty, love the way you shot this.

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  18. Yum yum!!! Scrumptious!

    xo
    brittanykytecreated.blogspot.com

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  19. This makes me think of sitting in my backyard on a "warm" spring day. We have had cold weather and snow. Spring seems so far away...sigh.

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  20. Yum! My daughter would love this. She is a lemonade-aholic. Girl can not drink enough lemonade. Seriously, she drinks this stuff year round. lol

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    Julie

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  21. We love strawberry lemonade - but I bet this is even better! =)

    I found you at Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts! I'd love for you to share this with our readers at the Pinterest Power Party and get pinned! Hope you have a Terrific Thursday!

    Danielle
    http://www.sewmuchcrafting.com/2013/02/pinterest-power-party-co-hosting.html?

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  22. This looks deliciously refreshing. I can picture myself with this on the deck overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

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  23. Why is my mouth watering looking at those pictures? We're covered with snow over here! It looks great Brandi, and I probably won't make it today, but will definitely give it a try a little later on! :) Enjoy your weekend!

    Debbie

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  24. Stopping by from Week-end Potluck~ This looks very refreshing even on this snowy day here in Northern WI! Now following on GFC~ Stop by for a visit sometime~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  25. It looks so pretty too! just pinned this for a later time.. Not that I don't want it now, this weather is getting to me too! 4 more weeks....

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  26. This sounds absolutely delicious.

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  27. This looks so delicious. What a great spring/summer drink!

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  28. How utterly refreshing this looks and sounds!!!

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  29. This is not only lovely to look at with all its rich colors, but it sounds like the perfect thirst quenching spring/summer drink!

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  30. This looks yummy and very pretty. You ave a lovely blog!

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  31. Mmmm...sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  32. Ohhh...that looks delicious! It makes me think about summer!

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  33. Thank you so much for linking this recipe to the Tasty Tuesdays link party! I’ve pinned this recipe to my Tasty Tuesday’s board. :)

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