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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

What? Memorial Day weekend? Where did you come from?! I only just remembered you were coming yesterday. I am not prepared for grilling out goodness and fun in the sun.

Although summer doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, I think Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer for most people. Summer means grilling out, hanging with friends and family, and yummy summer drinks.

Lemonade screams summer to me. I remember having lemonade stands when I was younger. When I was little, we lived on a small cul-de-sac and so I think I only got like 3 customers. But, whatever, I took that 50 cents I made and probably bought some candy. Put that money to good use!

This sparkling strawberry lemonade is refreshing and is a nice twist to plain ol’ lemonade. The only thing I might do different next time is add more strawberry as the flavor was pretty subtle. But, still delicious! You can sweeten this lemonade in two ways. The first way is to use some simple syrup which is made with water and sugar. The other way is to use agave nectar. If you want to make this more grown-up, swap the water for some sparkling wine! Yay summer!

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • simple syrup or agave nectar syrup to taste
  • 5 cups sparkling water or wine (you can also use plain water)

Directions:

  1. Place the hulled strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth. To remove the seeds, place a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and pour the mixture into the strainer. I poured mine though in a few batches and stirred each batch with a spoon to speed up the process. Discard the seeds.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the pitcher.
  3. Stir in the sweetener of your choice.*
  4. Pour in the sparkling water or wine and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and strawberries.

For the sweeteners:

  1. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar in a sauce pan. Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water. For the lemonade, you probably won't need more than a 1/2 cup sugar unless you want the lemonade to be really sweet.
  2. To make the agave nectar syrup, combine about 1/2 cup with about 1/4 cup water in a sauce pan. Heat until the agave nectar dissolves in the water. Remove from the heat and add as much as you'd like.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

   

58 Responses to “Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade”

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    Tina@flourtrader — May 24, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I am getting excited about the long weekend! However I do wish it was a little cooler. It is not even & am here and you can cut the humidity with a knife!
    No doubt there will be a need for lots of refreshments and this looks like a winner. I am interested in trying the agave, never used or tasted it before. Stunning photos!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 24th, 2012 @ 10:51 am

      I agree with you on that one, Tina. It is SO hot and humid here in FL. Even with this drink, it’s too yucky to be outside!
      Agave nectar is great! Similar to honey, but it’s sweeter, so you don’t have to use as much!

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    Cathy Kerr — May 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

    You have summed up very nicely, I think we all feel that ‘Lemonade does screams summer to us!”

    Though I am not great with preparing things to eat and drink.. but this drink really sounds very interesting and easy to make :)!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 24th, 2012 @ 10:51 am

      Thank you, Cathy!

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    Carol — May 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

    wow. Nice drinks. I will surely try this at home. Thanks for sharing this

    • Stephanie replied: — May 24th, 2012 @ 10:51 am

      Thanks, Carol!

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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — May 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Talk about the perfect drink for the season and I just love the pretty napkin underneath Stephanie! Gorgeous photos too.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 24th, 2012 @ 10:52 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 24, 2012 at 8:55 am

    This drink looks gorgeous. I love strawberry lemonade. I love the idea of adding sparkling wine. Yum!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 24th, 2012 @ 10:52 am

      Thanks, Jennie! I love drinks that can be made with or without alcohol!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This looks so refreshing! And it’s exactly what I need. It’s been so hot here in LA!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 24th, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      Thanks, Chung! It’s been so hot here in FL too! Hate it.

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    Ramona — May 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I can’t wait for the long weekend too… I can’t wait to bbq! : ) This sounds like a a great drink to kick off the festivities! Have a wonderful weekend and holiday. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

      Thanks, Ramona. I LOVE long weekends! :)

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    Reem | Simply Reem — May 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Cant wait either for the long weekend to start..
    But trust me This refreshing lemonade is what I can have right now..
    SO good!!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Reem! We already finished off the pitcher I made. Gotta go make more!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I love sparkling strawberry lemonade and yours looks so cool and refreshing, Stephanie! Wonderful drink for sitting on the back porch and watching the sunset.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Georgia! I wish I was sitting outside on a porch sipping this right now!

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    Cassie — May 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    So fun and festive! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

      Thank you, Cassie!

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    michele @ i-heart-baking — May 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    YUM! looks deelish and so refreshing!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      Thank you, Michele!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    this is gorgeous!!! i love that it’s got sparkles in it. anything that has sparkles just kicks up the drink classiness a notch! i will definitely be trying this soon :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

      Thanks, Julie! I love the flavor the sparkling water gives it!

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    Choc Chip Uru — May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    This looks so beautiful – ordinary lemonade is just SO out :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

      LOL! I totally agree!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Oh Stephanie this is SOOOOOOOO PRETTY!!!!!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

      Thanks, Claire!

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    Liz — May 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Perfect hot weather drink…looks both yummy and refreshing~

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

      Thank you, Lizzy!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — May 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I cannot believe it is almost June. This drink looks so refreshing…and pretty too. I love pretty drinks!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

      Thank you, Emily! I love pretty drinks too!

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    myfudo — May 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Another chance to bond with family and friends…I am excited to refresh everyone with this delicious mix. Thanks!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

      Thanks! I love how food and drinks bring people together!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — May 25, 2012 at 1:55 am

    This year is definitely FLYING by! We just had our Canadian May Long Weekend last weekend, and I was in shock…glad it wasn’t just me :) This looks perfect and refreshing for summer!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Anna! Time sure does fly!

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    Baker Street — May 25, 2012 at 2:30 am

    This totally screams summer! Hope you have a fabulous and relaxing weekend. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      Thanks, An! You too!

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    Carolyn — May 25, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Yay for memorial Day! What a lovely refreshing drink.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

      Thank you, Carolyn!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — May 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

    These drinks look soooo refreshing and good. And I’m totally into them because I actually love lemons. :) Your photos are just gorgeous too!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Lindsey! I love lemons too!

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    Peggy — May 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I totally agree with you, lemonade is the epitome of summer in my opinion!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Peggy! I so agree!

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    CJ at Food Stories — May 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Looks tasty and refreshing. I totally vote for the sparkling wine. Happy holiday weekend!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

      Thanks, CJ! I’m all about the sparkling wine too!

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    Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} — May 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Mmmm….I love sparking cocktails!! This looks so pretty and tasty :)

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    Alyssa — May 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Sparkling water is my drink of choice. I love this as a healthy twist to add some flavor! And it’s so pretty without having to use artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners. Hope you have a nice holiday weekend!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — May 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

    It’s going to be 90 degrees here today – this looks like the perfect refreshing drink!

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    Lola Lobato — May 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Lovely color and refreshing, specially for here in Florida.
    Looks great!!!

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    Kim Bee — May 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    This looks really fabulous. So refreshing.

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    Colleen — May 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I LOVE the idea of a sparkling lemonade! That sounds so deliciously refreshing. I seriously need some of this.

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    Skye — May 31, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Tasty! These sound great for an evening treat! I’ve been on a strawberry lemonade kick and these sound off the hook!

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    Beth Michelle — May 31, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I just made some mint strawberry lemonade a couple weeks back. Isnt it the most refreshing drink ever?? I need to make more! YUM

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