Birthday Party Snacks: Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

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Today I’m sharing a very pink drink that we used at the birthday party my sister and I threw for our mom.  It was inspired off Pinterest (of course!), but I’m terrible at following recipes, so I made up the quantities and just made sure that it tasted sweet and delicious!

 

 

Let’s see.  I had a gallon ziploc bag about 3/4 full of frozen strawberries left over from last summer.  I had frozen it thinking it would be great with ice cream and nutella in the winter, but that didn’t really pan out.  The strawberries were a bit mushy once thawed, and I really prefer the fresh berry more.  But that made this drink the perfect vehicle in which to use the mushy thawed bits of summer!

 

Ingredients:

frozen strawberries – 3/4 gallon ziploc bag

13 lemons, give or take – it came out to about 2 cups of juice

simple syrup

club soda

 

I made the simple syrup by dissolving maybe 1 1/2 cups of sugar in 2 cups of hot water, then letting it cool.  Puree the strawberries.  Feel free to filter out the seeds and pulp if you’d like, and add extra sugar into the puree – also optional.  Then mix the strawberry puree with the lemon juice and the simple syrup to make a thick sweet gooey fruity concentrate.  To be honest, this drink was heavy on the strawberries and light on the lemonade!  I had my 4 Home Goods carafes, so I split the concentrate into 4 portions, added them to the carafes, and filled the carafes with club soda.

Ok, TIP:  Do the pouring of the club soda in a sink, because the bubbles + the strawberry mixture created a pink volcano.  It worked better when I poured the seltzer into the bottle first, then added the strawberry mixture slowly through a funnel.  It still bubbled like crazy, so go SLOWLY!

You can dilute the concentrate with as much or as little seltzer as you want.  Our version was quite sweet, and I think it still would have tasted great with more seltzer, if we had another bottle to pour it in.

I think I will be using this concept again.  Make a juice concentrate (or be lazy and buy the Goya fruit nectars) and add seltzer/club soda for a quick fancy looking party drink.  Oh, and I imagine a bit of vodka or gin or white rum wouldn’t hurt either!  mmm…Hendricks Gin with a grape concentrate plus seltzer.  Or Bacardi coconut rum with a pineapple and peach nectar plus seltzer!  Yowza, so many possibilities!

 

8 Comments

  1. Tonia L

    Sounds refreshing and I love the bright, bold color!

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  2. Brooke - shoplemondrop.com

    I just bought those napkins for my daughter’s birthday party (which isn’t until December, but I started early!). I may have to make the lemonade to go with them! 🙂

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  3. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear

    I’ll be featuring this recipe tomorrow in a special strawberry post!

    Melanie
    ithappensinablink.com

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  4. Marilyn

    Wow, this looks beautiful and I’m sure is absolutely delicious!

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