Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Bikini season may be just around the bend for most, but with weekends bringing the heat, it has made it’s official arrival here in sunny Southern California. That being said, my husband Mark and I have decided that it’s officially time to peel our eyes off the T.V. after dinner, our hands off the wine and beer, and get our bums in gear!

Not only have we been cutting down on the drinks, but we’ve been starting to walk two-and-a-half miles after dinner most nights, and it’s done wonders already! I feel healthier and happier, and every morning I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

So, since we got moving again, it was time to try and tempt our taste buds with a delicious drink other than beer and wine… Enter this perfectly sweet and sin-less sparkling strawberry lemonade!

Strawberries have high water content, so they’re great for mixing up in drinks, and they add that perfect balance of tang and sweetness. The lemon and sparkling water are refreshing compliments, and topped with a strawberry and a few ice cubes, this drink is the perfect healthy, homemade solution to your next barbecue, or for just lounging around the house on a hot summer day or night. And, if you do decide to add a little liquor, the drink would still be very good I’m sure!

Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about slipping into swimwear this weekend, as Mark and I are leaving for five days in Chicago, starting today. Once we get back, we’ll be back on our healthy kick, but hopefully we’ll be doing more than enough walking around the city to make up for the loaded hot dogs and deep dish pizzas!

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Yield: Makes six 1-cup servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 4 lemons)
6 cups sparkling water
10 ounces fresh or frozen strawberries, pureed
Sugar, to taste

Directions:

Combine lemon juice, water, and 3/4 of the strawberry puree in a large pitcher. Add sugar (about 3-5 tablespoons) until you have reached the desired tartness/sweetness.

Add strawberry puree until the strawberry/lemon taste balance is about equal.

Enjoy!

      

16 Responses to “Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade”

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — June 7, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

    Oooh, I will be hosting a summer soiree this weekend and this drink looks perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

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    scrambledhenfruit — June 7, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    This looks and sounds refreshing- perfect for a summer picnic! (And I froze oodles of strawberries when they were in season here.)Thanks for the recipe:) (And oh how I wish I were going to Chicago- Have fun for me too!)

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    Kathleen — June 8, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    This looks soooo delicious!

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    Georgia — June 8, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

    I’m just back from Chicago and am now seeing all your lovely comments! Thank you so much! I hope you give this drink a try and enjoy it :)

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    Memória — June 10, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

    This drink looks amazing!! What great photos!

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    Georgia — June 10, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

    Thank you, Memoria!

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    Memória — January 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    This drink looks amazing!! What great photos!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    I’m just back from Chicago and am now seeing all your lovely comments! Thank you so much! I hope you give this drink a try and enjoy it :)

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    Kathleen — January 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    This looks soooo delicious!

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    scrambledhenfruit — January 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    This looks and sounds refreshing- perfect for a summer picnic! (And I froze oodles of strawberries when they were in season here.)Thanks for the recipe:) (And oh how I wish I were going to Chicago- Have fun for me too!)

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — January 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    Oooh, I will be hosting a summer soiree this weekend and this drink looks perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Simplyhealthyfam — January 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    That sounds wonderful! I’ve never tried it w sparkling water……. duh! ;-) I use liquid stevia instead of sugar, yum.

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    Svenetos — January 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Summertime Sipper Contest! It looks delicious!

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    Imagination Cakes — February 12, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    This recipe sounds great! I’m about 5mo. pregnant and this is a wonderful change from the normal juice or non caffeine drinks. Thanks

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    Betsy — November 2, 2012 @ 3:52 am

    is there a way to remove the seed in this drink?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — November 2, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Hi Betsy, you could strain the strawberry mixture through a sieve before pouring into another container or individual glasses.

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