Strawberry Lemonade Made with Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrup

Learn how to make the Best Strawberry Lemonade easily at home in about 15 minutes with this recipe that uses fresh homemade strawberry simple syrup instead of sugar.

Homeade Strawberry Lemonade

The weather is warming up, and the kids are getting super excited because school is almost out. Can you remember what it felt like to know you were about to be “free” for the summer? To know your immediate future held long sun-drenched days filled with swimming, family road trips, running amuck with your friends until dark, BBQs, and beach days? One thing that always brings me back to those days is Homemade Strawberry Lemonade!

Growing up, we didn’t have a refrigerator stocked with store-bought juices and sodas. We never had soda! Sugar cereals, short-shorts, and sodas were all no-no’s. Instead of store-bought juices or sodas, my mom always made homemade iced tea and in the summer…Lemonade!

Now that I’m a mom, Homemade Lemonade is something both of my kids ask for often and know how to make themselves, two facts that always bring a smile to my face. In trying to stay away from the pouches, boxes, and jugs of juice that flood today’s supermarkets, we have taken to making our own juices and fruit-infused waters.

The kids’ favorite homemade drink, of course, is the fruit-infused lemonades we often whip up together. What makes this Strawberry Lemonade Recipe different from some you will find on the internet is the fact that the lemonade is smooth, not lumpy due to a puree. The strawberry bits are strained out so the lemonade just holds the flavor, not the texture, of the strawberries.

Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade, or Raspberry Lemonade – whatever the flavor – they want it! The pluses to making your own fruit-infused lemonade at home? I know what all of the ingredients are (and can pronounce them), the kids get something they enjoy, and we usually make a pitcher-full as a family so it’s an activity we can eat…well in this case drink! The best part is the eager anticipation that fills my kids’ faces as they wait for it to be finished!

Transforming Homemade Lemonade into  a delicious Strawberry (or any berry) Lemonade is simple. The key is using simple syrups instead of sugar and chunks of fruit.  

Homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is created by combining equal parts water and sugar in a pot and heating the mixture until the sugar melts. When it comes to making a berry-flavored simple syrup, all it takes is sugar, water, and your berry of choice. The amount of sugar added depends on the sweetness of the berries you use.

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade

The difference in making lemonade, or any homemade juice, with a simple syrup versus just sugar is this…sugar never dissolves all the way and you use way more sugar than you actually need trying to get the level of sweetness you are looking for. Simple syrup easily mixes in and flavors the lemonade perfectly. The result is a naturally colorful, flavorful, thirst-quenching drink!

Play around with different simple syrups this summer and find out which is your family’s favorite. For the adults…simple syrups are a great addition to cocktails…BONUS!!!

Strawberry Lemonade Made With Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrup
 
This recipe for Strawberry Lemonade uses homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup instead of sugar and chunks of fruit for a better flavor and consistency.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: ½ Gallon
Ingredients
  • For the Lemonade:
  • 8 cups water
  • 1½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½-2 cups Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • Sliced strawberries and lemons for garnish
  • Strawberry Simple Syrup Ingredients:
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
Instructions
  1. To make the Strawberry Lemonade:
  2. In a pitcher, combine water, lemon juice and Strawberry Simple Syrup, mix until combined.
  3. Add a few slices of lemon and a dozen strawberry halves to the pitcher for garnish the day you serve it.
  4. For extra pizzazz, increase the recipe by 25% and make trays of frozen ice cubes from the same recipe so that the Strawberry Lemonade doesn't get diluted on a hot day.
  5. Simple syrup sweetness will vary depending on the berry used as well as the particular sweetness of the batch of berries. If your syrup is too sweet, add some water. Too sour, add more sugar and heat until sugar dissolves. If you're using very sweet berries, reduce the sugar used by ½ cup.
  6. Tip: If making Lemonade, use unflavored simple syrup vs sugar. Rule of thumb 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water.
  7. To make the Strawberry Simple Syrup
  8. In a pot, combine sliced strawberries, water and sugar. Bring it to a boil.
  9. Allow it to continue to boil for 5 full minutes.
  10. Remove pot from the heat, carefully mash the berries with a potato masher, then allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
  11. Once cool, strain the syrup into a large mason jar, pressing down on the berries to get every bit of flavor out. Discard the berry mush. Store in an air-tight mason jar until ready to use.

This recipe for Strawberry Lemonade is a guest post by food blogger, Colleen Kennedy  from Souffle Bombay. If you love this recipe and want to see more recipes from Colleen, be sure to visit her site! Enjoy!

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Dr. Oz Fat Flush Water Recipe

It’s springtime and summer is quickly approaching which means it’s time to shed away some extra fat that may have accumulated around your waist in order to get bathing suit ready. Drinking plenty of water helps flush toxins out of your body, and this Dr. Oz Fat Flush Water Recipe steps that process up a notch. Adding some beneficial ingredients to your water can really help push the toxins out more quickly. Knowing the right ingredients to use is key, and we’re here to help!…

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Cherry Chipotle Salsa with Grilled Mahi Mahi

The Social Fabric® Member responsible for creating this original recipe was compensated by Collective Bias® and its advertiser. #HuntsFreshTwists #CollectiveBias

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Grilled Mahi Mahi Recipe with Homemade Cherry Chipotle Salsa!

This simple recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi topped with a kicked-up Cherry Chipotle Salsa made using Hunt’s Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes and garlic can be ready in minutes. This simple, healthy recipe delivers a high-end restaurant quality meal without the high-end prices. We already love Grilled Mahi Mahi, but pairing it with this homemade salsa that’s sweet but balanced with a little kick is absolutely genius. The salsa is amazingly fresh and tasty, and pairs wonderfully with any meat or fish fillet that can be cooked on the grill.

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Cherry Chipotle Salsa
 
Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 lb Mahi Mahi fish fillets
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Hunt's Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic, drained
  • 2 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • ¼ to ½ of a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup diced white onion
  • ⅛ tsp cumin
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Fire up the grill and gather your ingredients.
  2. Visit the original recipe post on Erica's Recipes for full preparation and grilling instructions.
  3. Enjoy!

We hope you love this simple and healthy recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi with Cherry Chipotle Salsa as much as we do. If you enjoyed this flavorful and easy meal idea, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!

How to Grill Beer Can Chicken

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On the Grill: Beer Can Chicken

It is grilling season and we love Beer Can Chicken on the grill! Beer Can Chicken is easy to prepare because you basically set it on the grill and forget about it. This recipe is the simplest and best method to getting a succulent roasted chicken every single time. There are many versions of the Beer Can Chicken recipe, but this is our favorite.

One of the best things about Beer Can Chicken is that it is very difficult to overcook. The key here is the indirect heat of the charcoal. If you’re looking for a super-simple healthy meal to cook on the grill, this is the perfect recipe. Add a big salad and some corn on the cob, and you’re all set!

On The Grill: Beer Can Chicken
 
Beer Can Chicken
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Recipe type: Grilled
Ingredients
  • 1-4 lb whole chicken
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 opened, half-full can of beer, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 5-6 fresh garlic cloves
  • Any other herbs that you enjoy can be substituted.
Instructions
  1. Prepare your grill for indirect heat. If you are using charcoal, put the coals on one side of the grill, leaving another side free of coals.
  2. Remove neck and giblets from cavity of chicken, and wash thoroughly.
  3. Rub the chicken all over with olive oil.
  4. Mix the salt, pepper, and thyme in a mixing bowl and rub the seasoning mixture all over the outside and inside of the chicken.
  5. Make a few small slits in the skin and slide the garlic under the skin all over the bird.
  6. Open the can of beer and pour out (or drink!) half of it.
  7. Add more thyme into the can (or another herb like rosemary or sage) and lower the chicken onto the open can so that the chicken is sitting upright with the can in its cavity.
  8. Place the chicken on the cool side of the grill using the legs and beer can as a tripod to support the chicken on the grill and keep it stable. There are also accessories you can buy to keep the chicken from falling over in the barbecue section of your local store.
  9. Cover the grill. Leave it at least an hour. After an hour, check the chicken and refresh the coals if needed. Keep checking the chicken every 15 minutes or so, until a meat thermometer reads 160°F - 165°F. The total cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken, and the internal temperature of the grill. A 4-pound chicken will usually take around 1½ hours. If you don't have a meat thermometer, a good way to tell if the chicken is done is to poke it deeply with a knife (the thigh is a good place to do this), if the juices run clear, not pink, the chicken is done.

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Happy Memorial Day from SoFabFood

Happy Memorial Day from #SoFabFood

Taco Dip Cheeseburger photo credit to Kate from I Heart Eating!

Wishing You a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It is also a day to celebrate and honor all of those who have served, and who are currently serving, to protect our nation’s freedoms. We, the team at SoFabFood, truly appreciate all that you do to protect and serve this great nation and its people. Today, Memorial Day 2015, we celebrate you!

A good celebration calls for good food. If you’re unsure of what to serve on this great day of celebration, keep it simple with grilled burgers. Here are a few of our favorite grilled burger recipes to help make your day more relaxing and delicious.

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We hope your Memorial Day is a safe, happy, and delicious one. And please, don’t forget to thank a veteran!