strawberry lemonade - (straw-ber-ee lem-uh-neyd) noun 1. A sweet, refreshing iced beverage made with strawberries and fresh-squeezed lemon juice, best enjoyed on a hot summer day with people that you love. Especially good while picking blueberries in the extreme Texas heat to combat the feeling that you will likely succumb to the symptoms of heat exhaustion. (Don't ask me how I know this.) The perfect drink to compliment a simple and rustic lunch of homemade artisan bread (still warm from the oven), a nice big wedge of Brie, and a couple of fistfuls of hand-picked blueberries (see above). Also amazing after treks over and through the sometimes alarmingly steep hills on a biking trail in Colorado. And really, it's just good any time. Really good. 2. The name given to a red retro-styled hand-knit sweater with lace panels, 3/4-length sleeves, and a seed-stitch collar. (Ravelry notes here.) Made from this pattern designed by Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails. Especially dreamy when knit with Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn. A layering wardrobe piece that can be worn on a cool summer night. (Who knew there even was such a thing???)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups water
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 very large or 4-5 medium lemons)
1. To make a simple syrup: in a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of the sugar and 1 cup of the water, cook and stir over medium heat just until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
2. Combine remaining 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, and the strawberries in a blender; process until smooth. Transfer to a 2-quart pitcher; add cooled simple syrup and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Fill pitcher with crushed ice.
3. Drink the entire pitcher in one sitting with people you love.
Yield: 8 (8-oz.) servings