Simple Lemonade Recipes

With spring break on the horizon, I’ve decided I’m all about the “staycation” this year. While it’s exciting to explore a new place, all that adventure can be exhausting! Ever get the feeling that you need a vacation, after a vacation? Instead of leaving on a jet plane, I’m staying in for some quality time at home with my family. We’ve planned some day trips to fun venues around town (children’s museum, movie theater, a local art center), and in between we’ll hang out and enjoy the downtime. We might not be on a tropical beach, but I’m hoping to be just as relaxed by the end of the week!

Sometimes all you need to feel like you’re on vacation is a fun and fruity drink in your hands. Try these simple variations on refreshing lemonade. Close your eyes and imagine the sun on your cheeks and the sand between your toes!

Pink Lemonade
Serves 8
What you’ll need…

1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed or bottled
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar
5 cups water
Lemon slice (optional)

Get started…
1.  In a blender, puree lemon juice and strawberries. Strain through fine mesh strainer, pressing berries with spatula.
2.  Combine juice, sugar and water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a jar and cover. Refrigerate. Add lemon slices before serving.

Blueberry Lemonade

Serves 8
What you’ll need…

3-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup blueberry jam
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/4 cups lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Lemon slices (optional)
1 package blueberries, fresh or frozen (optional)

Get started…
1.  In a pot, heat water, jam and sugar until jam and sugar are dissolved into water. Remove from heat. Cool for 20 minutes.
2.  Add juice to sugar mixture. Pour into a jar and cover. Refrigerate. Add blueberries and lemon slices before serving.

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