Recipe: Strawberry-Mint Limeade (or Lemonade)

Strawberry-Mint Limeade/Lemonade | Bake. Create. Love. When I was in college, I LIVED off of Crystal Light. You know, those drink powders that you add to water to make fruity drinks. I had given up soda, but I hated (and still hate) drinking water. Since sweet tea was high in calories, I drank truck loads of this stuff. I didn’t care about the long list of chemicals, I just cared that it was sugar free, and had zero calories. Strawberry-Mint Limeade/Lemonade | Bake. Create. Love. These days, I know better. (If I’m going to drink a crap ton of chemicals every day, it’s going to be in the form of Diet Coke.) Knowing better means that if I want strawberry limeade (or lemonade, I’m going to have to make it myself. So, that’s what I did. And guys… This stuff is worth the effort! 
Strawberry-Mint Limeade/Lemonade | Bake. Create. Love. The addition of lots of real strawberries, and not just strawberry flavored chemicals, give this a thick, really luscious texture. It does take a while to push the puree through the mesh strainer. Next time I might try cheesecloth… The mint adds a little bit of interest to it, but the flavor isn’t strong or overwhelming.The color of this comes 100% from fresh strawberries. And the best part? If you don’t have limes, use lemons and make lemonade. I’ve made this both ways, and both ways were deliciousStrawberry-Mint Limeade/Lemonade | Bake. Create. Love. Strawberry-Mint Limeade (or Lemonade)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Chopped Strawberries
  • 1 Cup of Sugar; divided
  • 1.5 Cups of Lime Juice/Lemon Juice
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Add the mint, one cup of the water and the sugar to a small pot. Bring to a boil, and boil until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, and let cool.
  2. Puree the strawberries & 2 T. of the lime juice in a food processor or blender. Press the puree through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
  3. In a pitcher add the lime juice, the remaining water, the strawberry puree, and the cooled syrup. Mix well.

Strawberry-Mint Limeade/Lemonade | Bake. Create. Love. And if you’re serving this to grown ups, add some vodka to it. Ciroc is my favorite, but the problem is that it’s SO smooth, and this lemonade/limeade is SO good, you would never know what you’re drinking has alcohol in it. The Beach Vodka (made semi-locally in Virginia Beach) is really good, and isn’t quite as smooth. I like the reminder that what I’m drinking does in fact have alcohol in it, so I’m not tempted to drink about 10 glasses of it. Strawberry-Mint Limeade/Lemonade | Bake. Create. Love.

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