This version of Strawberry Lemonade is made with agave instead of sugar and is the perfect mixture of sweet and tart. Cool down during these warm days coming up with a glass of this!
Every Sunday when we go to our local farmer’s market, my kids fervently look forward to two things — a pupusa with tons of cabbage slaw and a big flavored lemonade. It’s so incredible for us as parents to watch how monumental this ritual of going to the farmers market is for them. Many of the central and south American food stands at the LA markets feature huge clear barrels of various naturally flavored lemonades. In addition to the tried and true original lemon version, there is also raspberry, strawberry, watermelon and various other fresh combinations, their gorgeous colors luring anyone who passes by.
As the weather gets hotter, so does our family while we shop the market, and we inevitably find ourselves wilting in the heat every summer weekend. There have already been numerous days these past two months that were so hot, shopping for food became difficult and we all started salivating as we looked at those gigantic clear vats of lemonade calling our names. I’m always more then happy to indulge Kenya with this special treat, especially considering how thirsty the rising temperatures makes us this time of year. But I also know these lemonades are made with a good deal of sugar and so when possible, I try to sway towards a nice tall bottle of water, so we can make homemade Strawberry Lemonade with our food purchases from the market when we get home.
As soon as the produce is unpacked, Gemma is up at the counter rolling the lemons (one of her favorite kitchen jobs because she knows that’s the best way to release the juice). With just a rinse of the berries, a touch of natural sweetener, a quick puree and a brisk stir, our healthy lemonade is ready for us to gulp down and enjoy!
What recipes do you like to make to cool down during the hot months?
- 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries, stemmed & washed
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons agave or honey
- 2 cups water
- 1 large handful of ice
- Puree strawberries and agave (or honey) in a blender or food processor until smooth and transfer to a pitcher.
- Pour the strawberry mixture, water and lemon juice in a pitcher and stir to combine.
- Chill and serve over ice.