Sparkling Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

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Sparkling Strawberry Ginger Lemonade
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Brighten up traditional lemonade by adding fresh strawberries -- and steeped ginger and lemongrass -- for a unique and refreshing sparkling beverage.

 

What you'll need

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about a dozen-or-so lemons)
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger (a little larger than a walnut)
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups of chilled sparkling water or club soda
  • 4 cups of ice

How to make it

  1. Sparkling Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

    Peel the ginger by lightly scraping the sides sideway with a knife. Chop up the ginger as fine (stronger flavor) or as coarsely (milder) as you like.

     
  2. Trim the dry bases of the lemongrass stalks, and again, slice crossways, as fine or coarsely as you like.

     
  3. Place ginger, lemongrass, salt, and sugar into a saucepan with two cups of water. 

     
  4. On medium-high heat, warm until nearly boiling, stirring occasionally. 

     
  5. Remove the pan from heat, and let it cool and steep for an additional 10 minutes.

     
  6. Strain the cooled liquid into your pitcher. 

     
  7. Pour fresh lemon juice into pitcher.

  8. Mince strawberries, add to pitcher, and stir well. 

     
  9. Add the sparkling water to the pitcher. Mix lightly (so you don't lose the effervescence).

     
  10. Sparkling Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

    Serve in glasses, with ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon, if you like, as pictured. Sooo refreshing!

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