Summer Lemonade #goals (17 deliciously creative recipes)




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Strawberry lemonade in a pitcher

Summer Lemonade #goals ~ 17 creative lemonade recipes to sweeten up summer, one glass at a time.  Whether you take yours classically fruity, herbal, floral, or spiked, I’ve got your back. 

Those powdered mixes ruined its reputation, and that’s such a shame because lemonade is epic when you do it right.  And lemons pair so well with such an endless variety of fruits, herbs, and other flavors that you can sip your way through an entire summer and never repeat yourself.  I’ve gathered a colorful lineup to get you started (you’ll find the recipe for my strawberry lemonade, above, at the end of the post.)

Did you know? ~ lemonade has always been the ultimate hot weather refresher and there’s science to back that up ~ tart, acidic drinks stimulate salivation and make us feel more hydrated.  Sweet drinks like soda do just the opposite!

 


Floral lemonades

Adding floral notes to your lemonade is easy, sophisticated, and undeniably pretty! Take inspiration from your garden and make plain old lemonade dinner party or fancy brunch worthy. Wondering which of the blooms in your back yard might be edible? Check out the list of common edible flowers in my Spring Salad with Edible Flowers post.

Recipes clockwise from top left:

 


Spiked lemonades

Lemonade becomes an instant summer-ready cocktail with the addition of a bit of booze. Try vodka for a flavor that won’t compete with your fabulous lemonade, or bourbon or whiskey for a sophisticated spin that also tones down the sweetness of a simple lemonade.

Recipes clockwise from top left:

 


Fruity lemonades

Just about everything from berries to stone-fruit can make a great addition to lemonade. As different fruits come into season, consider making a quick syrup or puree to add to drinks like lemonade or cocktails.  I like to freeze fruits like rhubarb or cherries so I can use them later in the summer when it’s really hot!

Recipes clockwise from top left:

 


Herbal lemonades

Like any good marriage, lemon and herbs bring out the best in each other. Just about any herb you can think of would make a lovely and easy addition to a basic lemonade. It’s also a perfect way to use up handfuls of herbs that grow like gangbusters in your summer garden, like mint or thyme.

Recipes clockwise from top left:

 

Strawberry Lemonade
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Category: beverage

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 4-6

Strawberry lemonade in a pitcher

A classic lemonade recipe sweetened up with fresh strawberries!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (go ahead, add more if you need to)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree, or more or less to taste (instructions below)

Instructions

  1. Mix the lemon juice, water, and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Chill.
  2. To make the strawberry puree, wash and hull about 5 ounces of fresh strawberries and puree them in a small food processor until completely smooth.'
  3. Push the puree through a strainer to remove any seeds and solids. You want to end up with about 1/2 cup of smooth puree.
  4. Add the strawberry puree to the lemonade, tasting as you go to get it just the way you like it.
  5. Serve over ice.

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    2 sisters recipes
    June 10, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Love this post!! Inspires us to make more Lemonades this season!! Great recipe roundup Sue!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 15, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks, it was fun to put together, I love all the vibrant flavors :)

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    Tricia | Saving Room for Dessert
    June 9, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I’m suddenly so thirsty!!! All gorgeous and refreshing and wishing I had a big pitcher right now. Pinned!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    June 9, 2019 at 8:23 am

    I’m a real lemon girl and what a roundup you’ve shared with us. Trying each one will take us all through summer so thank you!