Freshly-squeezed lemonade made with strawberry puree.


For the Simple Syrup:
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
For the Strawberry Puree:
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled (or 2 cups frozen, thawed)
1 cup cold water
For the Lemonade:
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup cold water
lemon slices and sliced strawberries, optional

In a saucepan over high heat, mix together the water and the sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolves and it becomes a clear syrup. Remove from heat and set aside to cool while you do the next steps.
Add the strawberries and the 1 cup cold water to a blender. Pulse until the mixture is pureed.
To a half-gallon pitcher, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 cups cold water, ice, and lemon and strawberry slices, if using. Stir in the strawberry puree and the simple syrup until well combined. Taste for sweetness and add more cold water if needed. Refrigerate to chill through or serve over ice.

For a smoother lemonade, strain prior to serving to remove pulp and strawberry seeds. The lemonade pictured is unstrained.

Tip: Add club soda for a sparkling version.