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{Recipe} Vodka Strawberry Lemonade

When I was a kid, I was fortunate enough to have a Mother and Grandmother who made everything from scratch.  It didn’t matter if was donuts, egg rolls, or beignets, we never had anything from a box.  You can see where my love of cooking comes from.  

During the summers, my Mom would let my sisters and I make lemonade and sun tea.  I tell ya, you haven’t lived until you have a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade over crushed ice,  sitting outside on the porch.  It’s the best!

As I’ve gotten older, of course, I still make fresh lemonade.  Sometimes I add fresh strawberries and now that I’m over 21, I add vodka.  It’s a favorite of E’s and my girlfriend’s when they come over.  I always make it around Valentine’s Day because it’s a pretty red drink and because I love it so much!

Today I thought I’d share my recipe for Vodka Strawberry Lemonade!  

I start with the strawberries first.  Slice them and place them into a bowl.

Strawberry Lemonade

Add granulated sugar to the berries, stir, and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.  

strawberries-and-sugar

In the meantime, grab the lemons so you can cut them. Before I cut my lemons, I roll them on the cutting board to help make it easier to squeeze the juice.  

roll-lemons

Of course, if you have a juicer, just use that.  I always say I’m going to get one, but I enjoy rolling the lemons and squeezing the juice by hand.  I think maybe because that’s how I learned as a kid.

Squeeze the juice of the lemons into your pitcher and add the water. I prefer distilled water, but you can use regular tap water.

After a couple of hours, the strawberries should be good and sweet.  You’ll have plenty of yummy sweet strawberry juice to use later.  Remove the strawberries because we’re going to mash them a bit.  I use my mortar and pestle to do the mashing.  

strawberries-in-mortar

Don’t have a mortar and pestle?  No worries!  Grab a bowl and fork and mash to your hearts content!  You don’t want to smush all of the strawberries.  Leave some of them whole so you can snack on them while you’re drinking the lemonade.

strawberry lemonade with vodka

Add the strawberries to the water.  Remember the juice from the strawberries?  Time to use it!

strawberry-juice

Add it to the water along with the sugar. Stir and it’s ready to drink! Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy!

If you’re over the age of 21, then like me, you may enjoy some vodka with your strawberry lemonade!  Not all of my friends drink so I make the lemonade in the pitcher and grab my mason jar shaker and mix everything together.   I add enough lemonade for my girlfriend and I to each have a glass.  

Vodka strawberry lemonade

Add vodka to the shaker, simple syrup, and ice and give it a shake!

To prepare your glass, pour some sugar onto a small plate.  Add lemon juice around the rim of each glass, dip the rim of the glass into the sugar and turn it so the entire rim is covered.

Strawberry lemonade with vodka

That’s it!  Now if you will please excuse me, I’m going to go enjoy my girls.  

lemonade

Hope you love this lemonade as much as we do!

Strawberry Lemonade with Vodka
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Ingredients
  1. 3 c strawberries
  2. 1/2 c sugar
  3. 10 lemons
  4. 7 c water
  5. 1 1/2 c sugar
  6. 2/3 c vodka
  7. 1/4 c simple sugar
Instructions
  1. Slice strawberries and place them into a bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and place into the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Roll lemons until soft and slice in half.
  4. Squeeze the lemon juice into a pitcher.
  5. Add the juice from the strawberries only.
  6. Mash the strawberries with the mortar and pestle. Make sure to leave some of the strawberries in tact.
  7. Add the strawberries to the pitcher.
  8. Add the sugar.
  9. Pour the water into the pitcher
  10. Mix all of the ingredients.
  11. Let sit in the refrigerator to chill.
  12. When ready to serve, pour sugar onto a plate.
  13. Cover rim of glass with lemon juice.
  14. Dip rim of glass into the sugar.
  15. Serve over ice.
  16. ****Alcoholic Beverage****
  17. Pour 4 cups of the lemonade into a shaker over ice.
  18. Add the simple syrup
  19. Add the vodka
  20. When ready to serve, pour sugar onto a plate.
  21. Cover rim of glass with lemon juice.
  22. Dip rim of glass into the sugar.
  23. Serve over ice.
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11 Comments… add one
  • Dina 01/23/2017, 10:26 AM

    Sounds super refreshing! Thanks for sharing! #bloggingboost

  • Foirell 02/06/2017, 2:45 PM

    I love this idea! Sounds refreshing I may try this idea πŸ˜€

    Foirell | http://www.citygirlrell.com

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:11 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Foirell. Let me know how you like it! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel 02/06/2017, 3:58 PM

    This sounds delicious πŸ™‚ Perfect for a sunny day in the garden. I’ll definitely be trying this πŸ˜€

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:12 PM

      Thanks for your comment Rachel. Let me know what you think! πŸ™‚

  • Cristina 04/21/2017, 3:36 AM

    This is such a great combination! Love it! I`m looking forward to trying it πŸ™‚

  • Sara 04/23/2017, 12:58 AM

    I love making things from scratch, too! Not that I always have time to do it, but it feels so much healthier when I do. My mom used to make the best homemade bread all the time that was so good. I really need to get one of those mortar & pestle sets! #HomeMattersParty

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello 04/24/2017, 11:12 AM

    I used to make a similar recipe that required you to boil the strawberries and also had oranges and limes in it. It was very labor intensive so I like your version so much better. #HomeMattersParty

  • Nicole 04/24/2017, 5:56 PM

    Strawberry Lemonade is one of my favorites too! I am glad when summer rolls around and I start wanting to make homemade lemonade again. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it looks delicious! #HomeMattersParty

  • Emily 04/24/2017, 8:39 PM

    One word…YUM! I’m totally using this one for the beach this summer. #HomeMattersParty

  • Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai 04/29/2017, 2:42 AM

    Ooh… this sounds wonderful for spring and summer! πŸ™‚ #HomeMattersParty

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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