Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Super Great Strawberry-Guava Lemonade

After looking over a lot of strawberry lemonade recipes yesterday, I ended up deciding to take my favorite parts of 2 recipes and experiment. It turned out to be very good! Very big hit. Rooster (aka Mr. Picky) must have drank a whole quart himself. I thought it would be nice to throw our concoction out there to share with you.

Let me know of any adaptations you come up with, and how they turn out. Creativity is what makes cooking so much fun!

20 fresh strawberries - washed, hulled, and diced
3/4 - 1 cup sugar (we use 3/4 cup)
1 can Guava Nectar (11.5 oz, juice only, no added sugar. We use Jumex brand. Check the Latin foods section of your Grocery store)
1 1/2 - 2 cups lemon juice (Depending on how tart you want it. We like it with 2!)
ice and cold water

1.) Place strawberries, sugar, and Guava nectar in a large flat-bottomed bowl. Use a potato masher to mash & combine.
2.) Pour contents of bowl and lemon juice into a 2-Quart pitcher. Add ice and water to fill pitcher, stir, and enjoy.

- The little guys liked it better after I ran the whole mixture through the blender, so that all the chunks of strawberry were blended in. I think it's prettier with the chunks, and it tastes great either way. 
- Our guests liked mixing the lemonade half-and-half with iced tea.
- The lemonade would be really pretty in a glass serving container with a few slices of lemon and strawberry floating in it.

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