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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Cooler

A tart-but-sweet, refreshing summer drink that everyone can enjoy - perfect for hot afternoons and outdoor parties!

  • Yield: about 8 cups* 1x

Ingredients

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  • 8 1/2 ounces (1 cup) freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
  • 17 1/2 ounces (3 1/2 cups) hulled and chopped strawberries**
  • 3 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) to 4 5/8 ounces (2/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) water
  • sparkling water/club soda
  • lemon wedges, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine lemon juice and strawberries in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium saucepan. Add 3 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) sugar and place over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until sugar dissolves. Taste and, if desired, stir in the remaining 1 1/8 ounces (about 2 1/2 tablespoons) sugar until dissolved. Stir in water and remove from heat.
  2. Transfer the strawberry lemonade mixture to a large pourable vessel - preferably something with an airtight lid. Chill well.
  3. To serve, combine approximately equal parts strawberry lemonade mixture with sparkling water in a glass over ice. Stir together and garnish with a lemon wedge if you want to be extra fancy. :)

Notes

*Yield is based on using a 1:1 ratio of strawberry lemonade mixture to sparkling water for each serving.

**If you measure your strawberries by weight, there's no need to chop them before putting them in the blender.