End of School Year Strawberry Lemonade

by Jennifer on June 11, 2011

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It happened again: another child completed another year of school. Last Friday we celebrated my son completing preschool and this Friday, my daughter completed first grade.

A brave smile was on my face when I shared in my daughter’s excitement as we piled into the van after the school bell rang. I am a sappy nostalgic person that is full of pride but knows with that final first grade bell, we are closer to her to being a ’grown-up’.

Now that those feelings are out there, let’s all celebrate health and togetherness with some semi-homemade strawberry lemonade.  I spied a pretty bottle of preservative free, no HFCS lemonade and decided to pair it with the quart of organic strawberries I had also just purchased.

Please note that one of our adult guests discovered that this recipe is further enhanced with gin. You know who you are my friend.

Strawberry Lemonade
1.75 liters lemonade (I used Mayer Brothers)
16 oz. organic strawberries, rinsed, hulled and chopped roughly.
1 lemon, sliced (optional)

Directions
1. Prepare the strawberries and place into a pot with 1/2 cup of the lemonade. Bring to a boil for 1 minute and mash (I use a potato masher) the strawberries. Set aside to cool.

2. Pour the strawberries and the liquid from the pot into the blender and puree. Pour the puree through a mesh screen to trap & remove the seeds.

3. Pour the juice into a large pitcher, add ice and remaining lemonade. Add sliced lemon to the pitcher. If you want to jump on the craze and make frozen strawberry lemonade, simply add ice cubes to the blender in step 2 and skip the removing seeds part.

*Has your summertime officially started yet?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Samantha June 11, 2011 at 8:37 am

I absolutely adore the way drinks look in mason jars. It gives anything such a rustic feel. Love the photos in this post, too! Strawberry lemonade is definitely a summer must!

Jennifer June 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

Thank You Samantha (love your name by the way) and enjoy your summer!

sippiytysup June 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

Lucky kids. I hope they enjoy the summer. GREG

Cookin' Canuck June 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

The end of the school year is always difficult for me, too. I have a hard time accepting that my kids are getting older.

This lemonade sounds like a wonderful way to cool off during the summer!

patsy June 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

what a lovely way to celebrate the end of a school year!

cooking al[a] mel June 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Yum! I love a good strawberry lemonade. So refreshing in this hot weather.

Diane {Created by Diane} June 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Love your pretty lemonade. FUN FUN FUN>>>>summer has just begun!!!

MaryBeth June 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Well I guess Summer has made it…This looks so cool and refreshing, I could go for some now.

Larae June 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

What a delicious treat to start the summer! I think you may have started a new tradition with this one! YUMMY!!!

Marly June 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

What a great way to celebrate summer – with lemonade! Looks so refreshing.

Andrea June 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

This is so good and so simple! Made this today with some fresh picked organic strawbs! :) Thanks for the recipe!

Jennifer June 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Thanks for writing Andrea! I am glad you enjoyed it.

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