June 10, 2013

Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Homemade lemonade takes just a bit of effort, but this comes together in about 20 minutes give or take. And I'll take this lemonade any day. It's refreshing, it's delicious and it's not terribly bad for you (if you ignore the 2/3 cup of sugar). It was a hit for me, my husband and our 21-month-old son. Thanks to How Sweet It Is for sharing this simple recipe.

Strawberry Mint Lemonade
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat to make a simple syrup. Whisk for a minute or two until sugar dissolves, and then once mixture combines to a boil, turn off heat and set in the fridge to cool for about 10 minutes.

Add strawberries and mint to a blender, pureeing until liquified. Add in lemon juice and simple syrup, pureeing until combined. Pour mixture into a pitcher, and chill until cold. Makes about 4 cups, which can be diluted with water to make it slightly healthier and stretch further. Of course, it's more of a treat to drink it straight.

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