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Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

It seems that strawberry lemonade is popping up everywhere this season. First we saw it at the pier, then at a party and just yesterday Trader Joe’s had a huge display of it. With July 4th right around the corner, I thought we’d see if we could make our own version. I looked for recipes online, but they all seemed to have tons of sugar. We decided to do a little recipe experimentation of our own instead.

My kid is crazy for anything strawberry and you already know he loves the blender so he was fired up for some mixology. We decided to use agave nectar as our sweetener of choice. It is better for you than sugar and is also much more cooperative about blending into liquid. Turns out agave was a good choice. The lemonade was sweet and tart and delicious. We’ll be making a pitcher of this for our independence day celebration. It’s the perfect festive Fourth of July recipe! Now for the recipe…

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Prep Time: 10 mins

1 1/2 cup strawberries (hulled + halved)
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 1/2 cups fresh water
juice of 2 large lemons
extra strawberries for garnish

Blend strawberries, lemon juice and agave on high until quite smooth. Pour into a pitcher and add water. Whisk to combine and refrigerate until well chilled. Serve over ice and garnish each glass with a strawberry.  Makes approximately 6 8 oz glasses. Note: Using only two lemons gives it that tart lemony flavor without having to add tons of sweetener. To get the most juice out of your lemon, put it in the microwave for 10 seconds before squeezing. If you want it more lemony, add the juice of 2 additional lemons (4 total) and another 1/4 cup of agave (1/2 cup total) to the blender before adding water.

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