This is a perfect drink for a barbecue and goes well with just about anything...burgers, dogs, chicken, you name it! Have it at your next shindig and let me know what you think.
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
Recipe written by The Chef Next Door
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1 1/2 cups pure cane sugar, divided
4 cups water
2 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 cup fresh lemon juice, from about 5 lemons
In a small saucepan combine 1 cup each of the sugar and water and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a blender combine the remaining 3 cups water, 1/2 cup of sugar and the strawberries and blend until smooth. Transfer the strawberry mixture to a large pitcher. Add the cooled syrup and lemon juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, at least one hour.
Just before serving, add about a cup and a half of club soda to the lemonade and stir. (Feel free to add more if you'd like) Add ice cubes and serve.