Guest Post: Stan’s All-Natural Strawberry Lemonade

Hi readers! Remember me from the couponing post? I’m Sami’s boyfriend Stan and I’m back with a recipe for strawberry lemonade! Traditionally, Fall isn’t the proper season for delicious cold beverages, but we common folk don’t get to choose when lemons go on sale! On our shoestring budgets, Sami and I have developed quite a taste for anything healthy and inexpensive, so when I found lemons for about $.30 apiece the other day, I couldn’t resist picking some up. One brainstorm later, it was decided that the frozen strawberries we keep in the freezer for smoothies also needed to be a part of this.

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 large lemons. Pick some good-looking ones! You want them to be a bright, vivid yellow color, not dull or faded. Millions of years of evolution have given you an eye for what looks “good” – use it!
  • 3 cups of frozen strawberries. Frozen strawberries are flash-frozen right after they’re picked, and as such are more nutritious than “fresh” strawberries from the store. They’re also less expensive and last a long time in the freezer, so save money over time by purchasing a large bag!
  • water {about 5-6 cups}
  • 2/3 cup of sugar {or more, to taste}. It’s okay to use cane or other coarse-grained sugar – this will be going in the blender.
  • 1 large liquid container. Should be able to hold at least a liter and a half of liquid. We recycled an orange juice container with a wide neck to make filling it easier, and a cap so we could shake it before serving.
  • 1 lemon juicer – optional. You can always use your hands!

Here’s what you need to do:

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1. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze them, by hand or juicer, into a bowl, cup, or other container. Sami and I chose to leave the pulp and seeds in, so that the beverage feels more natural. Occasionally spitting out seeds adds to the experience for us, but if it seems like a bother, you can filter or strain them out.

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2. Put the frozen strawberries in a blender and add cold water up to the 1.25 liter {a little over 5 cups} line. Alternate blending and mixing until the mixture is smooth.

3. Add the sugar to the blended mixture and blend it in thoroughly.

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4. Pour the mixture from the blender into the large liquid container, pour in the lemon juice {with pulp/seeds if you left them in!} and mix thoroughly, preferably by shaking.

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5. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

The resulting beverage is delicious, nutritious, and all-natural, so enjoy it within a few days after you make it {don’t worry, it’s so good it won’t last long enough to go bad!} The next time life gives you lemons {indirectly, through a great sale}, we strongly encourage you to try out this recipe.

-Stan

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3 Comments

  1. Mayya   •  

    WOOO STAN!
    (I’m Sami’s friend from school :))

  2. Mara   •  

    what an amazing idea! I’ll have to try this. Strawberry Lemonade is my most favorite drink ever :)

  3. me   •  

    add 2 extra lemons and go with the 6 cups of water to make it more tart

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