Strawberry Lemon-Limeade

Yesterday was the first really warm day we’ve had this spring. 88 degrees. Pretty warm. Not hot, but still a taste of what’s in store for summer. After working all day, doing four loads of laundry and cooking dinner, I just wanted a tall glass of something refreshing. Something I could enjoy while we watched Dancing with the Stars, and caught up on email and Facebook. A tall glass of something cold to sip while we relaxed and wound down for the day. You know, right?

I suddenly remembered how much I used to enjoy the Strawberry Lemonade at Sonic. It was light and sweet and tart all at the same time. So, I grabbed a few things from the pantry and went to work. I didn’t have enough lemons to make a big pitcher of lemonade, but I had some limes so I added those. I also had a package of frozen strawberries hanging out in the freezer so I grabbed those, too. And, let me tell you, what I wound up with was just delicious. Just the thing to cool you down on a hot spring or summer day.

Simple syrup for Strawberry Lemon-Limeade

You’ll start by making a simple syrup of equal parts water and sugar. Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar is completely melted. You can then refrigerate the syrup until it’s cool or do what I did and add ice to cool it down right away.

Lemons and limes

While the syrup is cooling, remove the zest from one lime and one lemon. A microplane makes this job so easy and gives you a very finely grated zest. Love that tool! Set the zest aside and then juice the lemons and limes.

Strawberry Lemon-Limeade

Put the thawed strawberries with their syrup in a large pitcher. Add the lemon-lime zest, the simple syrup and the juices. Stir together to blend. Add enough water to make a total of eight cups.

Now, taste your mixture. If you like it less tart, add water a cup at a time until you get just the taste you want. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh strawberries and/or lemon and lime slices.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemon-Limeade
 
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A refreshing combination of sweetened strawberries with a tart lemon-limeade.
Serves: 10-12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Ice
  • 3 limes
  • 5-6 large lemons
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
  • Water
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Remove pan from the heat and add 4 cups of ice cubes.
  3. While the sugar-water mixture cools, finely grate the zest from one lime and one lemon. Set aside.
  4. Juice the lemons and limes. There should be about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups juice.
  5. Put the thawed strawberries with their syrup in the bottom of a pitcher.
  6. Add the finely grated zest, lemon-lime juice and the cooled sugar-water mixture.
  7. Add enough additional water to make a total of 8 cups.
  8. Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh strawberries and/or lemon and lime slices.
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Comments

  1. says

    This sounds so refreshing, Lana. I think it was just meant to be that you didn’t have enough lemons and added some limes instead – that combination sounds wonderful to me.

  2. says

    Growing up, my mom used to take me to a little neighborhood cafe on our special mom-daughter lunches and the place served Strawberry-Lemonade once the weather was nice enough to sit outside. I ordered it every time, without fail. This looks wonderful – a tall glass of childhood memories for me!

    • says

      You know, nothing pleases me more than when one of my recipes brings back a treasured memory for a reader. Thanks for sharing your memory.

  3. says

    hitting 90 the last few days – miss that cool spell we had just a few weeks ago … your drink would be so refreshing right now, gonna do some yard work so just might make up a batch

    • says

      When you’re done, just pack up your rake and mower and wheelbarrow and head on over this way. I’ll make you a pitcher of this lemonade :-)

  4. says

    Lana, This lemonade just blew my socks off! I’m so glad I stumbled upon this and your site in general. You’ve got some amazing recipes, and I can’t wait to try more. I did repost this recipe on my blog and gave you credit for it. I hope you don’t mind. The whole world needs to witness the wonder of this drink. Thank you for posting it!

    Callie

  5. kayleen says

    MMMM this is soooo sooo good. I made it tonight for dinner. My husband is a diabetic so i used splenda instead of sugar and used strawberries with splenda. I could not find my zester so i did not zest the lemon or limes and it was still very very delish. This for sure will be a summer drink at my house. Thank you for sharing the recipe

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