Fizzy Freckled Lemonade
Well, hello there. It’s been awhile hasn’t it? Life seems to be full to the brim with busy boys and their shenanigans these days. Summer is full throttle around here and summer, of course, calls for lemonade. I adore lemonade. The real stuff, that is. I also love me a nice fizzy beverage on a hot day. Throw a few macerated strawberries in there and we’re practically having a party.
I hunted around the web a bit in search of a bubbly strawberry lemonade recipe, and eventually came up with this concoction. The lemonade itself is inspired by Paula Deen’s recipe. In lieu of water, however, I use seltzer water (or club soda) and then add a goodish amount of chopped strawberries that have been happily releasing their juices with a few spoonfuls of sugar. The result is perfect–so refreshing, tangy with sweet strawberry flavor. Need to take the edge off? Splosh in your favorite lemon liqueur. You know I won’t mind.
Fizzy Freckled Lemonade
Makes just over 2 quarts (9-10 cups)
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (this can take 8-12 lemons; totally depends on their size)
2 liter bottle chilled seltzer water or club soda (you won’t quite use all of this)
8 ounces lemon liqueur (totally optional!!)
Begin by mixing your chopped strawberries with the 3 tablespoons of sugar. You want the strawberries to release their juices to make a nice strawberry syrup for your lemonade. Set aside.
Next, make a simple syrup by combining the 1/2 cup water with 1 cup of granulated sugar in a small sauce pan. Stir with a whisk over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves. Set aside and allow to cool a bit.
If you haven’t already squeezed those lemons, get to it. Again, set aside.
At this point, you can pop everything in the fridge until you’re ready to serve or you can just get on with putting together the best fizzy freckled lemonade you’ve ever had. It’s up to you. Because of the fizziness, I don’t like to make this too far in advance. In any case, once you’re ready, grab a pitcher and let’s get mixing!
If you have a marked pitcher, this will make mixing a bit easier. Pour in your lemon juice as well as the simple syrup. If you’re boozing it up, go ahead and add the liqueur, too. Now carefully pour in enough seltzer water (or club soda) to make 2 quarts. If your pitcher isn’t marked, add about 5-6 cups of your bubbly water. Give it a taste and add more if needed. Now, carefully pour in your syrupy strawberries. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge. Find your favorite spot in the shade and enjoy!
Nutrition information per serving without alcohol (about 1 cup, 1/10 of recipe): 100 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 27 g carbohydrate, <1 g fiber, 0 g protein
Nutrition information per serving with lemon liqueur (about 1 cup, 1/10 of recipe): 185 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 36 g carbohydrate, <1 g fiber, 0 g protein