Saturday, July 4, 2009

Garden Fresh Strawberry Lemonade with Honey and Mint

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope you all are having a fun, safe and happy holiday with your favorite folks. This is a quick recipe for a delicious holiday drink that was inspired by the bounty of fresh goods available right here at my mom's house. The strawberries were picked from her berry patch in the backyard, and the mint is wild, growing on the banks of the lake.

Strawberry Lemonade with Honey and Mint
3 lemons
1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup honey plus 1 Tbsp
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
2 Tbsp sugar
6 cups water

Mix quartered strawberries with the juice of three lemons and sugar. Let the combination macerate for 5-10 minutes.

Boil one cup of water on stove, then add mint leaves and 1 Tbsp of honey. Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes

Using a strainer or sieve, strain mint leaves from the simmering liquid. Discard leaves and pour remaining liquid in a pitcher. Pour macerating strawberry mixture in strainer, and strain seeds. Extract maximum amount of liquid by pressing the berries into the strainer with the back of a spoon. Add liquid to pitcher. Add 1/2 cup honey,5 cups of water and stir thoroughly. Chill, pour and enjoy.

Feeling a little saucy? Add a lemon flavored vodka or Bacardi Limon to the mix. Not quite that brave? Some seltzer or lemon lime soda may do just the trick. I've been sipping on this all day watching the holiday roll by and enjoying myself. Thanks for indulging me in my pictures from my New York adventure... I know some aren't typical food fare, but there are alot of pretty things to see once you step out of the urban jungle for a bit. Here are a few more, from our world renowned annual Fourth of July boat parade, just for giggles. We may not be a big place, but we know how to celebrate! Have a fantastic holiday and enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Sounds really delicious and refreshing!

janet said...

Looks so pretty, and that's an awesome pitcher!

Astra Libris said...

Your lemonade is gorgeous - how awesome that the strawberries are homegrown, too! The pitcher is absolutely incredible!

Miranda said...

THis looks amazing.....I love fresh ingredients.
It looks like you had a nice 4th of July!!!

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

Happy belated 4th. I think your lemonade is genius and delicious. One has to wonder thought, which came first? The superbly designed pitcher or the superbly designed recipe? :D

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a great recipe. It looks perfect for a hot summer's day. I have that same pitcher and I love it!