Strawberry Lemonade with Pineapple Mint Simple Syrup
This lemonade gets its pretty colour from pureed strawberries. The pineapple mint simple syrup adds both sweetness and a refreshing cool flavour. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to suit your taste. If you want a more tart lemonade, use less of the simple syrup. If you want a weaker lemonade, use more water. You could even just let your guests mix their own drinks by leaving out the pitcher of fruit juices with a jar of simple syrup, and a of pitcher water.
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.
The sugar will begin to dissolve after a few minutes, stir occasionally to help it along.
Once all of the sugar has melted into the water, and the mixture has thickened a bit, add the mint leaves to the saucepan, along with the lemon zest.
Stir the mixture, then remove the saucepan from the heat. Cooking the mint will result in a grassy flavour.
Pour into a glass jar or glass measuring cup and allow to cool before putting in the fridge.
Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to infuse the flavours into the simple syrup.
Strain through a sieve before using.
This recipe should yield 2 cups of simple syrup.
To Prepare the Strawberries and Lemons:
Add the strawberries to a blender and use the puree or liquify setting.
Strain the strawberry puree through a fine sieve to remove seeds and hard bits. You should get about 1 cup of strawberry "juice". Set this aside for now.
Press down on the lemons and roll them on your countertop to help release the juice.
Juice the lemons into a bowl or measuring cup.
Strain the liquid to remove seeds and pith. You should get about 1 ½ cups of lemon juice depending on how juicy your lemons are.
Combine the strawberry "juice" and lemon juice in a pitcher.
To Assemble the Strawberry Lemonade:
In the pitcher with the fruit juices, combine 2 cups of the Pineapple Mint Simple Syrup and add about 3 cups of water. You may want to add the simple syrup and water bit-by-bit so you can adjust the taste.
Serve chilled over ice with a spring of mint, if desired.
You can substitute spearmint or peppermint for the pineapple mint if you wish, however, you may want to reduce the quantity since pineapple mint is milder than traditional mints.You could add sparkling water or vodka to this recipe.Please note that the nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate, and has been calculated using a plugin.