I prefer flavored tea and lemonade over carbonated soda at any time. And that day, I decided to order Strawberry Lemonade. It tasted so good. Not too sweet and not too tart, I drank 2 large full glasses. And I hated leaving my third glass unfinished!
Their lemonade left an impression in my mind. I wanted to make it when I got home. I know how it tasted, therefore I can recreate it while the taste still vivid in my memory. And so I did…
I know I should be drinking water. Because plain, filtered water is good for the body. But damnit! I get tired of drinking water! So sometimes, or maybe more often than not, I want to drink something other than water. And this Strawberry Lemonade feels like heaven compared to water. And besides, I reason to myself, drinking other types of liquid, like this lemonade is better than completely dehydrating myself. Which I often do.
When I was little, we had to walk 2 miles to fetch drinking water. And we only drank water when we felt thirsty. And so I had this moronic understanding that I only drink water when I’m thirsty. That’s what we did when I was little!
But as I got older, I learned that by the time you feel thirsty. It’s too late. Your body is already dehydrated. So I should drink water – a minimum of 32 ounces for my body weight, every 3 hours. Or 2½ hours after eating a meal. My goal is to drink 4 quarts of water daily, before bedtime…
Drinking water every 3 hours is easier said than done. It is difficult to drink water when one is not thirsty. I honestly don’t know how others keep themselves hydrated when most of their fluid intake is carbonated soda or sweetened drinks. I guess drinking some kind of fluid is better than no fluid at all. And besides, our bodies adapt to anything.
This is where I run into trouble. We do not regularly keep carbonated sodas or sweet drinks in our home. What we have are gallons of spring water for drinking.
So when I started making this Strawberry Lemonade, we have an excuse to avoid spring water in between our “water drinking schedule.” At least there are no artificial or chemical additives in this lemonade. And it’s loaded with vitamin C. So there… that’s my excuse for not drinking water like I’m supposed to…
So if you’re like me. You would want to make this Strawberry Lemonade to treat yourself in between your plain water intake. Besides, strawberries are in season right now. So if you have abundant access to strawberries. This lemonade is a great way to get rid of those strawberries. Though in my case, I use frozen whole strawberries. Just because they’re much cheaper than the fresh ones. Texas is far away from strawberry growing farms, so strawberries here, even when they are in season, are still not dirt cheap.
Here’s how to make this thirst quenching Strawberry Lemonade…
Remove mashed strawberries using a strainer and discard.
Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice into the strawberry liquid.
Strawberry Lemonade – Yield: 1 gallon
1 – 16 ounces pkg. frozen whole strawberries
2 ¾ cup granulated sugar
4 cups water
3 large lemons – juiced
In a large pot, combine frozen strawberries, sugar and water.
Stir over medium heat and bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until strawberries are mushy and have turned into pale pink in color.
Turn off heat.
Using the back of the spoon, mash strawberries. And then remove them into a strainer, pressing the strawberries through the strainer, to squeeze as much liquid from them. Discard mashed strawberries.
Take 2 half gallon pitchers or glass jars, and pour the strawberry syrup into the jars, dividing syrup equally between two jars. Fill each jar with cold water.
Chill strawberry lemonade before serving.
Serve with crushed ice.
Tess’ Kitchen Secrets:
#1 – The bright, red colors of strawberries give this lemonade that bright red color. So if your strawberries are not as red, then the strawberry syrup is not going to be as red as well. (If you like, add a drop of red food coloring into the syrup before pouring it into the jars.)
#2 – Fresh lemon juice has no substitute. Use more or less depending on how tart your like your lemonade.
#3 – You get all that goodness and colors from strawberries by simmering them.
Enjoy and Happy Cooking!