Thursday, June 7, 2012

Farmers' Lemonade - Great for Strawberry Season

The idea of adding cream to lemonade is a seriously bizarre concept I know. But this strawberry lemonade is delicious, unusual, and refreshing, a real special treat, and a great use of strawberries which are in season now. I have brought this to numerous picnics, parties and strawberry festivals and it is always a big hit!

I first came across this drink at City Bakery in NYC about 10 years ago, and have been making it ever sense. I love the strawberry version but it works great as a straight up lemonade as well.  Just for fun, I made one jar with cream and one without, the farmers' version with cream won out hands down! 

You don't really need to follow a specific recipe to make this, you basically add some cream to a fresh made lemonade. It's ok if you add a little more or a little less sugar, lemon juice, cream... just make it how you like it.

Strawberry Farmers' Lemonade
6 lemons (about 1 cup lemon juice)
1 pint strawberries
1/2 - 1 cup sugar (or to taste)
1 cup cream
6 cups water
  1. Puree strawberries with two spoonfuls of sugar. Strain out seeds.
  2. Squeeze juice from lemons and strain out seeds. Mix in remaining sugar, stir until dissolved.
  3. Combine lemon juice and strawberry juice. Add six cups of cold water. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired. 
  4. Stir in 1 cup of heavy cream and mix well. Pour over ice and enjoy. 
Note: you can use agave, stevia, honey or other sweeteners to make lemonade if you like. I didn't have cream when I was making this last batch of lemonade, so I used half and half, and it worked just fine as well. 

If you missed this other great lemonade recipe from last summer, check it out:

Any ideas for other delicious summer drinks, please share...

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