use your preserves: strawberry lemonade

We don’t eat oodles of sweets around here, but a cold glass of lemonade is pretty close to perfection on hot afternoons. A good portion of our homemade sweet preserves (blueberry, peach, strawberry) get used for summer beverages – blueberry limeade, peach tea, and her favorite – strawberry lemonade.

strawberry lemonade from preserves |

Strawberry Lemonade
makes 1 quart

½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup strawberry preserves
¼ cup sugar
3 cups water

  1. Combine lemon juice, strawberry preserves and sugar in blender till smooth.
  2. Add water to strawberry-lemon mixture and stir.
  3. Chill and serve over ice.

The ratios in this recipe can be used for any lemonade or limeade that you’re sweetening with preserves. Cut back on the sugar just a tad if using store-bought preserves as those tend to be much sweeter than the homemade variety.

Also, too… the strawberry lemonade concentrate (one step short of adding water) freezes really, really well. Make a double batch and store for the winter months when your cravings start screaming for signs of warm weather ahead.

strawberry lemonade from preserves |

Congratulations to all the young entrepreneurs that hit the streets for yesterday’s Lemonade Day in Austin and around the country! The 10yo’s annual Lemonade For Food will be coming up in the next couple of months so stay tuned for details.

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