Monday, August 13, 2012

Stawberry Vanilla Lemonade

This lemonade was delicious- I made it a few weeks ago.  I could really taste the vanilla flavor in this; I thought it would have been covered up by the other flavors but it wasn't.  I loved this!  A friend pinned this on Pinterest a few months ago and I'm so glad I saw it!

Stawberry Vanilla Lemonade
adapted from Hrrthrr

Simple Syrup Recipe
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 vanilla bean (cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed, pod reserved)
8-10 cut strawberries

2-3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 8-10 lemons (or more)

1.  Place the strawberries and vanilla in a pot along with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until the strawberries break down, the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens slightly (about 5 minutes). Strain out the strawberry chunks and place syrup in the refrigerator to cool.

2.  Squeeze your lemons till you get about 2-3 cups of juice (strained).  Mix up the lemonade: start with 2 cups of lemon juice, 3 cups of water and 1 cup of simple syrup.  Then add more of each to taste.  Depending on how you like your lemonade, you can add additional juice, water, or simple syrup to your liking. Stick in the refrigerator to cool and enjoy over ice!
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