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 in a bowl.
Add granulated sugar to the berries, stir, and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
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.
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.
Don’t have a mortar and pestle? No worries! Grab a bowl and fork and mash to your heart’s 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.
Add the strawberries to the water. Remember the juice from the strawberries? Time to use it!
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.
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.
That’s it! Now if you will please excuse me, I’m going to go enjoy my girls.
I hope you love this lemonade as much as we do!