What compliments the sweetness of a yummy strawberry? Why I do believe it is the sour bite of the lemon. I suppose I could make a witty comment about life handing you lemons, but I will refrain. Instead, I simply wanted to share two fun recipes for strawberry lemonade.

This first recipe is super easy and is quickly becoming a favorite at my house. Of course, half the fun of this recipe is getting outside, picking the strawberries at Washington Farms and then having a large glass of this refreshing drink once we get home!

Simple Strawberry Lemonade

2 cups lemon juice (fresh is good, but store bought tastes just as good)

2 ½ cups sugar

2 cups fresh strawberries, without caps

12 cups cold water

Mix the lemon juice and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar has dissolved. In a separate container, puree strawberries (there should be 1 cup when finished). Add the strawberries to the lemon mixture. Then mix in the cold water. Add ice and sit back to enjoy!

Makes: 1 gallon

If you are in the mood for a bit more sophisticated lemonade, then the next recipe is for you. We think this is the best strawberry lemonade we have ever had. It is a bit more involved, but so worth the effort. However, it is recommended that you get a good blender from unclutterer and only then proceed with this recipe, as there are quite a number of ingredients in this recipe.

Strawberry Lemonade with a Twist

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

1 cup fresh lemon juice

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

2 cups cold sparkling water

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon peel and lemon juice, stir and remove from the heat. Let the mixture cool completely and transfer to a pitcher.

In a blender, puree the strawberries and add to the pitcher with the lemon juice. Stir well and refrigerate until well chilled.

Just before serving, add the sparkling water and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a pretty strawberry.

Ahh…sweet and sour, mixed together to make the perfect refreshing drink. I can’t think of anything better on a hot spring day! Enjoy!