Strawberry Lemonade

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Last week when we went to the grocery store they were out of very random things in the produce section. There weren't any lemons, red peppers or mushrooms. Of course I needed all three of these ingredients. I opted for a orange pepper instead of red, skipped the mushrooms entirely and decided I could purchase an entire bag of lemons instead of an individual one.

I rarely ever cook with lemons. Tom doesn't like them in anything savory, only sweet. I usually buy one a week to slice up and add to the Turkey Hill Diet Green Tea that I drink daily. Now, I had a bag of 9 lemons.

So what do you do when Wal-mart gives you lemons? You make lemonade! (I know, I know, I'm hilarious.) :-)

Strawberry Lemonade
Source: A Cookaholic Wife Creation
Yield: 2.5 quarts
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Ingredients:
    • 1/2 pint strawberries
    • 7 lemons
    • 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
    • 2 quarts water

Directions:
1. Rinse, hull and dice the strawberries. Put the strawberries into a plastic bowl with a lid. Sprinkle 1 tbs. sugar over them, cover and shake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Slice up two of the lemons and set aside.
3. Juice the remaining 5 lemons. You'll need about 2/3 of a cup.
4. Transfer the strawberries to a large bowl and lightly mashed them. Add the sliced lemons, lemon juice and sugar. Stir until the sugar has mostly dissolved.
5. Pour the fruit into a large pitcher. Add the two quarts of water. Stir and refrigerate. Serve cold.

I thought this would be pretty tart so I didn't use all of the lemons that I had. It actually ended up a lot lighter and fruitier tasting than I thought. I guess the best way to describe it is that its not so concentrated that you feel like you need a glass of water after it.

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