It’s July 5, and Seattleites like myself know what that means: summer is finally here! Sure enough, the sun showed its ever-so-scarce face yesterday and, according to the forecast, might just stick around for awhile. Woo hoo!
So I thought I’d bid adieu to “June-uary” and usher in the official Seattle summer with a glass of the ideal easy summer sipper: strawberry lemonade.
But not just any strawberry lemonade. This is strawberry lemonade by the glass. Because, frankly, I don’t know about you, but when it comes to strawberry lemonade, I have no self control. The combination of fresh, tart lemon and sweet strawberries is pure kismet, but the calories from one heavenly glass are all I need at any one time.
So, like fresh-squeezed lemonade by the glass, I make this one glass at a time. Many strawberry lemonade recipes call for pureeing the strawberries and while that results in a wonderful glass of lemonade and I’d do that myself if I was serving a crowd, I prefer to do this one quick and dirty with simply a fork and a glass. Plus, I kind of like the chunky, rustic thing going on when I make it this way.
- 2 – 3 medium strawberries, hulled and quartered (about ¼ cup)
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- ¼ cup hot water
- 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- ¾ cup cold water
- In a 16-ounce or larger glass, place the strawberries and the sugar. Mash the berries against the side of the glass with a fork until they’re smashed and juicy.
- Stir in the hot water until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in the lemon juice and the cold water.
- Fill to the top with ice and serve.