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May 23, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade

Meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin orange, are the special twist in this refreshing strawberry lemonade.

Meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin orange, are the special twist in this refreshing strawberry lemonade.

Strawberry Lemonade

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, my palate has shifted.

Despite the slim choices at last weekend’s farmers market, I am craving refreshing fruit-filled dishes.

Here in Chicago, it is still too early for a bountiful harvest, but a couple hotter than average May days were just the excuse to whip up a pitcher of lemonade.

Instead of a classic version, I made a couple changes that toned down the tartness.

Meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin orange, combined with pureed strawberries, gave the bright pink beverage a sweet rather than sour flavor.

I served the strawberry lemonade in appropriately summery botanical print tumblers. 

Strawberry Lemonade
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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes + chilling
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes + chilling
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon 1x

Meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin orange, are the special twist in this refreshing strawberry lemonade.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 41/2 cups water
  • 1 cup Meyer lemon juice, about 10 lemons and zest of 2 lemons in strips
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered

Instructions

  1. Combine the sugar, 1 cup water and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the sugar has fully dissolved. Remove the lemon zest and transfer the syrup to a container to cool to room temperature.
  2. Puree the strawberries in a blender with 1/2 cup water. Strain the puree and transfer to a pitcher. Add the sugar syrup, lemon juice and remaining water.
  3. Chill the lemonade in the refrigerator and serve over ice
  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes + chilling
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes + chilling
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon 1x

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