It feels like 90 degrees out on my little island and that means: barbequing and homemade lemonade.
Some home cooks like to make the classic lemonade: lemons, water, sugar.
I like to spice mine up a bit by adding all kinds of citrus to further develop and broaden the lemon flavor and add in some fresh fruit. I added in some fresh squeezed orange juice, lime juice, and grapefruit juice to soften the tangyness of the lemons.
Note: If you’re feeling extra naughty or in need of a summer cocktail, both vodka and light rum pair well with this. I ended up adding a splash of Hangar One’s Spiced Pear Vodka to mine and it just made it even tastier.
- The juice of 9-10 lemons, any kind (I used Meyer.)
- The juice of 1 large grapefruit. any kind (I used Texas Star.)
- The juice of 1 lime
- The juice of 1 orange
- 1 lb of fresh, ripe strawberries
- About 1 1/2 cups of sugar (add more to taste.)
Half and squeeze the juice of all of the citrus over a large pitcher. It helps if you do this over a medium to fine strainer to catch unwanted pits, seeds, and pulp from going into your lemonade. Cut up your strawberries into quarters, removing the tops. Let them sit a bowl, adding 2 tablespoons of sugar, toss and let them sit for about 15 min as that this brings out their natural sweetness so you don’t end up with sour lemonade. Add water to your pitcher to make it about 1 part juice to 2 parts water, approximately 5 cups of water. Add in your sugar and strawberries. Mix thoroughly and enjoy.
SO refreshing. We added the vodka to taste, but if you want to keep it virgin for the whole family, it is delicious as is.
Thanks and happy eats,
P.S. if you want something equally refreshing, check out my easy recipe for Cilantro-Infused Cucumber Lemon water.