The Ultimate Strawberry Lemonade

by Heather on June 20, 2011

One of the first times I ever realized that – HEY! I can cook for myself! – was when I first learned to make lemonade.

I magically found the refrigerated lemon juice at our house and followed the directions to make my own lemonade.  I stirred and stirred and stirred again until that sugar was finally dissolved.  Speaking of which, what gives sugar?!  Why aren’t you easier to stir into cold drinks?!

 

Sorry for the detour.  I don’t get sugar sometimes.

 

Anyway, there was a summer there where I made my own lemonade every single day, making sure to rub it in my sister’s face that I knew how to and she didn’t.  Pretty fitting for the oldest child if I do say so myself!

The key to this being the ultimate lemonade is that you blend it up with the lemon rind in there.  The oils from the lemons adds so much more flavor – and who doesn’t love some extra lemon in the summertime?!  Give me a big tall glass of this any day of the week.

 

And any time of day for that matter.

THE ULTIMATE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

(makes 2 pint-glass servings with ice)

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large lemons, microwaved for 30 seconds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries, microwaved for 1 minute (you could use fresh, but I think the frozen works better here)

In a blender squeeze the lemons and add the rest of the lemon, rind and all.  Pour in the water and sugar.  Add the strawberries.  Pulse until everything starts to come together and the rind is starting to be processed.  Remove the blade (or place the entire contents of the blender into a microwavable pitcher) and microwave for another 2 minutes.  You can do all of this on stove top if you’d prefer, but the microwave is easy and quick.  Refrigerate for about 1 hour, then strain into glasses loaded with ice.  Enjoy!

 

**Note:  I like to microwave the lemons to release more of the juices, and microwaving the strawberries does the same sort of thing.  I like to microwave it all together at the end to release more of the oils in the lemon rind as well as dissolve the sugar.  Any of these things you could do on a stove.**

Now if that doesn’t say summer, I don’t know what does.  Plus it makes you look fancy…and who doesn’t want that?!

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***Edited to state that I understand stirring sugar and water together does not constitute cooking, but I was probably about 9 years old, so that was about as close to “cooking” for myself as I had ever been :)  I also do know now (prior to writing this post) that you can make a simply syrup, which is part of the reason for microwaving the mixture after processing it.  Finally, there seems to be some concerns that adding the entire lemon rind would make the lemonade bitter – not so!  It actually adds an entirely different dimension to the drink :)***

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{ 105 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet June 20, 2011

To die for!

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2 Mrs. Fish June 20, 2011

This looks great, I’d love a glass right now!

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3 Blog is the New Black June 20, 2011

This looks awesome, Heather. Totally adding vodka! ;)

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4 Michelle June 21, 2011

Trust me on this – RUM.

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5 Francis March 30, 2012

Trust me on this. Vodka.

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6 Atwas911 September 14, 2012

Lets not forget a garnish of black tar heroin. How about a rail of cocaine around the rim?

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7 Nickvk October 21, 2012

Well thát esclated quickly..

8 Kristin March 19, 2013

Tequila would be best :D badass stawberry margiritas anyone?

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9 Heather March 19, 2013

I’ll take one ;)

10 Emily @ A Cambridge Story June 20, 2011

wow, so neat that you leave the rind on! Looks excellent!

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11 marla June 20, 2011

This totally says summer – LOVE!!

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12 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 20, 2011

Oh wow, I need this on the next 95 degree day!

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13 Alicia @ AliGirl Cooks June 20, 2011

That looks so delicious and refreshing!

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14 Lesley Lifting Life June 20, 2011

I love this! I’m going to be making some lemonade soon!

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15 Cookin' Canuck June 20, 2011

I am so excited to try this, especially with the lemon rind added in. It must have fantastic flavor.

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16 parisbreakfast June 20, 2011

simply gorgeous!
I love the look of your blender too..
Organic lemons would make a difference no?
merci carolg

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17 Heather June 20, 2011

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I have ever tasted the difference in an organic lemon vs. a non-organic one…but I’m sure it couldn’t hurt! :)

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18 j March 30, 2013

If you’re going to use the rinds organic would be better due to surface pesticides.

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19 Heather March 31, 2013

Completely agree!

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20 Krista (kristastes) June 20, 2011

I made the ghetto version on saturday…pre-made lemonade, fresh strawberries and ice hahah. I am too lazygirl for extra steps but yours looks yummy too :)

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21 Sophia October 22, 2011

This looks delicious! I’ll have to make this tomorrow to remind myself of summer (it’s October here in Minnesota!)

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22 Brindi June 20, 2011

Can’t wait to try this, and hopefully it will rival McDonald’s strawberry lemonade and then I won’t have to go there anymore!

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23 heather @ get healthy with heather June 20, 2011

I want an ultimate drink! This looks perfect!

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24 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 20, 2011

Lemonade is so refreshing in the summer/ I’m partial to cherry lemonade but maybe that’s because I’ve never had strawberry lemonade!

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25 Erin June 20, 2011

Strawberry lemonade is one of my favorite drinks to get while eating at a restaurant – but now I can have it at home, yay!

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26 Urban Wife June 20, 2011

It is 96 degrees right now so I will take one, please. :)

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27 Heather June 20, 2011

I prefer strawberry lemonade over plain lemonade any day! I didn’t know about the microwave, so doing that!

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28 The Cilantropist June 20, 2011

I am intrigued by this – never thought to grind up the lemon rinds right in there! Such a great idea, I really want to try it! :)

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29 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 20, 2011

That looks AMAZING!!

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30 janetha @ meals & moves June 21, 2011

Goodness gracious, this looks amazing. Haha–I love that lemonade was your revelation in cooking for yourself.

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31 daniela June 21, 2011

Wow! I try to prepare this recipe :D
thanks!

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32 mister c June 21, 2011

Here’s a tip to get the sugar to dissolve. Dissolve it in a small amount of hot water first, then stir that in. You can dissolve a lot of sugar with a small amount of hot water.

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33 Erin June 21, 2011

Great idea to add the rinds! The key to getting sugar to dissolve in water is to make a simple syrup. Put your sugar and some water in a pot in a 1:1 ratio, then heat it up. Let it simmer until the sugar has dissolved, usually a couple of minutes. Then let the mixture cool. Add this and extra water to your lemonade mix :)

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34 Vedette June 22, 2011

Pass me a glass of strawberry lemonade please.

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35 gem June 22, 2011

Where did you get the mug in the bottom photo? I love it! I love to drink out of jam jars anyway….

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36 Heather June 22, 2011

I actually borrowed it from a friend, although there’s a local hardware store here that sells them!

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37 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 22, 2011

Strawberry lemonade is the best and I love the addition of the lemon rinds!

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38 Bette June 25, 2011

I’d like to make this for a luncheon, and double the recipe….but whoa, that’s a LOT of sugar. do you think I could get away with less??

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39 Heather June 25, 2011

i think you probably could! just make sure you taste it before pouring to make sure it’s the right sweetness for your tastebuds :)

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40 MW June 26, 2011

This sounds delicious, but don’t forget food safety: remember to wash your lemons well before they go in the blender!

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41 Heather June 26, 2011

very good point…washing produce is a HUGE step in food safety :)

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42 Amy September 30, 2011

PLEASE be aware that supermarket lemons are waxed and any pesticides that are used on the lemons are preserved under that wax. Unless you want to drink pesticides and herbicides, either use organic lemons, or lightly scrub your lemons with a little liquid soap and a vegetable brush to remove the wax and residue. Otherwise, I can’t wait to try this scrumptious concoction!

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43 Payton:) June 26, 2011

that looks sooooo good! i have a blender thati get i get teased for using until i make this lemonade
-thanks

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44 Neckties June 27, 2011

Great deal for summer! Put on a yellow tie with it and call it a day!

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45 Sarah June 27, 2011

If you’re worried about the lemon rind making it too bitter, try adding just the zest of the lemon. That’s what I did (based on the photos, I assumed “rind” meant “zest” here), and it was wonderful! It added a great flavour that made the lemonade taste “grown up.”

Also, you can definitely get away with less sugar, don’t trust the lukewarm liquid to be a good judge! When chilled, it was a lot sweeter than I expected. I’d add probably 1/2 cup instead of 3/4.

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46 Alexis June 28, 2011

Sugar doesn’t dissolve as easily in cold water because when it’s in hot water the heat breaks down the sugar molecules much more easily in an exothermic reaction.

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47 Bethany June 29, 2011

Using the full rind doesn’t make it bitter at all. This is the best strawberry lemonade I’ve ever had, letting the rind soak in it really rounds out the flavor perfectly.

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48 carri June 29, 2011

My hubby loves strawberry lemonade

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49 Kaleigh June 30, 2011

Looks amazing!!!! I just made a double batch of this! I want it NOW!!!! but it’s in the fridge cooling off. :p

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50 lily June 30, 2011

try a little maple sugar instead of regular sugar. but only if you have the real stuff!

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51 Hailey July 1, 2011

I have an answer to your sugar problem… make a Simple Syrup! A simple syrup is just equal parts sugar and water; take a few tablespoons of sugar (or however much you want) and a few of water, put it into a little pot on the stove and heat it JUST until it starts to bubble, give it a little stir to make sure the sugar disolved and add it to your lemonade! : )

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52 Marion July 2, 2011

I love the lemonade recipe. Lemons alkaline the body – very healthy and refreshing. Microwaving totally ruins any health benefits though.. Microwaving not only kills your food but kills you too. Radiation up to 30ft is detrimental, so, the stove top in a stainless steel pot would be perfect and very healthy. Cheers!!

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53 Tracy July 2, 2011

I love including lemon zest into anything, but have never thought of grinding up the rind. Thank you so much for this! :)

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54 Katzpawz July 4, 2011

If you don’t want to get into making a simple syrup of all the sugar & water, just make 1/2 cup of the water VERY hot, mix in the sugar, stir until it melts and then continue with all the rest of the recipe the same. This is truly yummy stuff!!

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55 Katzpawz July 4, 2011

OOPS! Forgot to add – it’s also great if you add about a teaspoon of FRESH ground ginger to the happy mix!

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56 Stefani July 11, 2011

This sounds so good right now!

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57 Dani July 12, 2011

This has been saved to my favorites for awhile, & I finally got the ingredients to make it – I can’t wait!

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58 David Sinclair July 20, 2011

SO GOOD!
used agave syrup and xylotol instead of sugar, works great.

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59 Rhe July 20, 2011

Is it possible to use other types of berries?

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60 Heather July 20, 2011

i don’t see why not, i just love strawberry lemonade :) raspberries might be good though!

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61 Amyd July 21, 2011

this is great! stumbled on this recipe and made it tonight. it’s so refreshing!

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62 Angela July 21, 2011

If you want the sugar to dissolve in cold drinks, just make a simple syrup first! Boil equal parts water and sugar together, then chill it in the fridge. It’s quite concentrated, so add to taste. :)

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63 Laurie @SimplyScratch July 22, 2011

This sounds super refreshing! I bet I would make a great slushy too! YUM!

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64 Bail san Jose July 23, 2011

Great tip about microwaving the lemons first

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65 Fridge repair sydney July 25, 2011

Great tip about microwaving the lemons first

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66 שף בבית July 26, 2011

Hmm this looks like a very good idea. But doesn’t the texture come out a bit grainy? Guess i’ll make it for the kids tonight and we’ll see …

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67 Samlf July 27, 2011

Super Vita-licious, makes me thirsty :)

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68 Amanda July 27, 2011

I just tried this….amazing! I served it with frozen fruit instead of ice cubes and the kids LOVED it! I love the ‘mature’ flavor of this lemonade. The lemon rind really adds a depth of flavor you don’t usually find. I always hate to throw away all that lemony flavor in the rind…now I won’t have to! This will be a new regular at our house…Thanks for sharing!

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69 Callie July 28, 2011

just made this it’s amazing!!! New fave lemonade!

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70 Healthy Answers Girl August 5, 2011

I love this combination of strawberries and lemon drink … tasty and full of vitamin c, just the ultimate kind of drink!!

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71 Becky August 9, 2011

YUMMY!!

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72 Meggs August 9, 2011

My extended family is out to visit and my mom bought me a bunch of lemons and frozen strawberries to celebrate the occasion! It’s in the fridge cooling right now, awaiting dinner time. I’m SUPER excited to try it. It may be too sweet though. I didn’t end up following the recipe exactly since I was making it for 8 people. We shall see how it turns out.
I also forgot to wash the lemons…but I’m not terribly worried about it.
Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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73 dora August 11, 2011

I’ve never heard of using the whole lemon rind—hesitant, but I’ll trust you :) I can’t wait to try this!

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74 zoya August 13, 2011

wow… great lemonade…. just waiting to try one….

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75 Shelly August 14, 2011

I just made this and did a little taste test before I stuck in in the microwave and WOW this is super YUMMY! I used fresh strawberries, because that is what I had and I also used 1/2 cup raw sugar, because I don’t use white sugar and I don’t like super sweet. But this is a definite go to lemonade and it’s great you can use frozen strawberries. Lemonade all year round.

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76 Heather August 14, 2011

yay! so glad you liked it :)

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77 jenjenk August 31, 2011

first time I tried to make strawberry lemonade, I think i nearly fainted with the amount of sugar we had to use to make it taste good!!! :) this looks awesome [and much less sugar than the pounds of sugar we used!]

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78 Alex V September 3, 2011

This is absolutely amazing! Instead of water, though, I used apple juice. It’s very very sweet! Try it out sometime. :)

Thanks!

Alex

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79 Liana September 11, 2011

So our family tried this, but for whatever reason, it turned out wrong. Maybe we ground it all up too much, but when it was time to strain it, it was almost too thick of a mixture to strain. We added a lot of extra water at the end, but it was still more the consistency of a smoothie rather than lemonade. :(

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80 Heather September 11, 2011

interesting…i would say it does sound like it was processed too much, but the mixture will be thicker than water since it will have the sugar in there and some of the pulp from the berries. if you make it again maybe just roughly process it and see if that works better?

i hope that helps!

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81 John Paul Handrigan September 26, 2011

This looks like a nice and easy recipe. I wish I had seen this on those hot days back in July!

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82 tracy September 27, 2011

If you want a more drink friendly way to sweeten your lemonaid, try simple syrup. Its basically liquid sugar. If you combine two parts sugar and one part water, heat on the lowest heat on the stove in a pan. when it becomes clear, it is ready to cool and refridgerate. this will sweeten all your cold drinks without waiting to dissolve. Enjoy!

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83 Mitchell Webster October 18, 2011

I absolutely have to try this, I have a bag of frozen raspberries that I think I am going to try this on, and thanks to Costco always fresh lemons and limes in the fridge!
I like the fact that you did it in the food processor!

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84 Alexis October 25, 2011

I loved this! It looks so simple and delicious. I can’t wait to try.

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85 angela October 28, 2011

looks good.. try simple syrup instead of sugar!

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86 Food Lover November 3, 2011

Can’t wait to try it :)

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87 lucas November 6, 2011

hi

dont like the frozen strawberrys but maybe you like Lucas’semonade

3 lemons
2 limes
1/8 watermelon
1 orange
sugar
mint

btw matches perfectly with alcohol ;)

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88 Jessica @ ChefHazard.com November 15, 2011

LOVE IT!

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89 mckenna witsky November 21, 2011

i just made this with the magic bullet. it was decent but very bitter bc of the rind in it, yes i strained it but the strong taste was still present. i tried to balance it by adding lots of sugar but it didnt really work, this recipe was awesome though!

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90 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 22, 2011

So refreshing! Love this…now I’m pining for summer.

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91 Jian December 1, 2011

nice jug there :P or is that a mug? lol. anyways great pics. seriously its a drink that i will sip bit by bit.

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92 Winnie Dolderer January 13, 2012

I am glad I stumbled upon your site today..I can’t wait to try this. I love lemons SO MUCH. I must use 10-12 a week… and I love strawberries too. Thanks for sharing.

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93 Nate February 3, 2012

Would it be possible to do the same but with blueberries instead of strawberries?

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94 Heather February 3, 2012

definitely! blueberries and lemon are great together as well!

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95 Erica February 13, 2012

making this today…its sitting in the fridge to chill :) I dissolved the sugar in the water over the stove first.

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96 Kimberly March 19, 2012

Just a note on the organic v.s. non organic question…. Its not really the flavor that is so much different its the amount of pesticides that are in non organic citrus peels. When they spray the pesticides on citrus it is absorbed into the rind. I prefer organic citrus myself for that very reason!

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97 Wodniki April 4, 2012

I will definitely make these again. Thank you for this recipe.

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98 Jill May 18, 2012

Could just drink a glass of this now! Looks delicious and can’t wait to try.

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99 lisa November 14, 2012

Splenda dissolves in cold stuff

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100 Phlox March 22, 2013

Looks yummy. :D

P.S.: Just dissolve the sugar in some hot water before you put it in the lemonade. ^^

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101 Jacqueline March 23, 2013

This looks so wonderfully refreshing!

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102 Heather March 23, 2013

Thanks Jacqueline! It really is – perfect for spring/summer :)

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103 Heather S March 25, 2013

i just made this today! i have alot of puree left over :/ anything to do with that i dont wanna waste it lol

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104 Heather March 25, 2013

Hey Heather! I would add club soda and maybe some vodka, or turn it into a margarita mix with some tequila! Or if you’re not going the alcohol route (totally fine) maybe add some ginger ale? Let me know what you do!

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105 Ronald Joseph Kule March 27, 2013

A tip from the late Chef Tell who was famous across America in the 1970s and 80s: Roll lemons on your cutting board or kitchen counter before cutting open and squeezing them. The juice comes out more copiously and freely.

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