Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Posted on by on May 16th, 2012 | 56 Comments »

Spring is here and with it comes bright sunny days that warm your face, white fluffy clouds dancing across a beautiful blue sky, backyard BBQ’s with friends, picnics and walks in the park, flowers blooming and freshly grown leaves swaying on trees in the warm afternoon breeze.

We emerge from our winter slumbers ready to embrace the outdoors once again. Ready to feel the sun, walk barefoot through the grass and enjoy the tastes that come with this wonderful time of year. 

Whether it be bridal showers or baby showers, Mother’s day or graduations, baseball season or even just a celebration of beautiful weather, Spring seems to be the season of celebrations. And so, it becomes the time of year where mimosas grace Sunday brunches, a chilled white wine is in hand at BBQ’s and fancy fruity cocktails present themselves at outdoor dinner parties.

I reached the half way point of my pregnancy this week. A cause for celebration and why not when the weather is so nice and strawberries are in season, which is pretty much a cause for celebration in itself. A few months back I bought a strawberry plant and absolutely love watching the delicate pink flowers of it slowly turn into little white strawberries that eventually turn bright red and oh so sweet. Besides plucking them and eating them right there they were also the inspiration for my celebratory 20 week pregnancy ‘cocktail’.

As I sit outside enjoying the beautiful Spring breeze, I feel that it seems like just yesterday I found out I was going to be having a baby.  As excited and anxious as I am to meet my baby girl, I’m not sure I want the second half of my pregnancy to go as fast, as I’m really enjoying this experience. I want to slow down time and sit outside with the sun warming my face, my hand rubbing my belly and a strawberry mint lemonade in hand.

Perfect for any Spring celebration or ordinary afternoon sitting on the porch, strawberry mint lemonade is wonderful and refreshing not to mention absolutely beautiful! Seriously, who wouldn’t want to sip on something pink with yellow lemon slices and green mint leaves popping through? Try adding some champagne or prosecco instead of water to make for a more ‘festive’ drink.

Ingredients:

1 pint strawberries
2 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
large bunch of fresh mint
3-4 cups sparkling or still water
1/2 lemon sliced thin

Directions:

In a blender, blend strawberries with 1 cup of water until smooth, set aside.
In a small sauce pan combine sugar and remaining 1 cup of water.
Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is disolved and mixture turns to a syrup, set aside to cool.
In a pitcher combine strawberry puree, lemon juice and cooled sugar syrup.
Add enough sparkling or stilled water as needed to achieve desired constancy and taste. (the more water the less tart a taste)
Add fresh mint and lemon slices to the pitcher and using a wooden spoon, stir to combine.
Serve chilled in glasses filled with ice and fresh mint.

 

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56 Comments

  1. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Aw, you look wonderful with your sweet baby bump! And this lemonade sounds so refreshing and lovely!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Thanks so much Liz!! The lemonade is super refreshing especially with the baby bump :)

  2. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Wow! lemonade….. perfect for hot sticky summer days……u looks lovely with baby bump… God blase u:).

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Thank you Daksha!!

  3. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Awww baby bump!!! Too cute :D
    And this lemonade – too delicious :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Thank you! I do love having the baby bump ….. And the lemonade

  4. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Our weather is quite easy to predict, either is burning with heat or raining. Strawberries can be found but those good quality once are marked up in price. Enjoy the rest of the your pregnancy with all those which makes you happy. Love this have a gulp of this cooling lemonade and yes, to mint and the rest because these are ingredients I use so often for my cooking. Your pics are all so tempting and beautiful.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Thanks Nava!!! This time of year it’s definitely pretty much just scorching hot! So things like tall glasses of lemonade are for sure in order.

  5. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Your strawberry plant looks lovely and so do you,as all pregnant women do..
    What a lovely drink,perfect for a warm day:;)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Aw thanks Yael! Pregnant woman do have a special glow to them!

  6. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    I love the picture of you with your little one tucked away in there. I love the addition of strawberries to lemonade as well. Two of my favorite fruits. And mint. Is there ever a time when mint isn’t perfect? It looks very refreshing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      As thank you!! I love the baby bump I’m always looking at it in the mirror whenever I get a chance!
      Mint definitely is the perfect addition to pretty much everything.

  7. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Wow this looks incredible and so refreshing! Gorgeous pictures as well! :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Thanks Kelly!!

  8. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Congratulations on your pregnancy, soon you’ll have your little one giggling and playing! This is the perfect strawberry lemonade. Stunning pictures… The recipe is equally mouth-watering. Shall try this recipe: saving this for the weekend!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Thanks!! I cannot wait to have my little one running around and giggling. The thought makes me smile! I hope you enjoy this lemonade as much as I did. It’s sooo refreshing an dperfect for a warm day.

  9. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    What a cute pregnant woman you are! This lemonade seems like just the ticket for the warm days of summer!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Aww thank you!!!

  10. Posted on: 5-17-2012

    Aww thanks for sharing your cute baby bump, Beth! I *sort of* miss my pregnancy…but I’m too scared to have 3rd with my two horrible morning sicknesses… lol. I can’t wait for the baby to come out. Love to celebrate your 20th week with this delicious lemonade with you! Cheers!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Thanks Nami! I know what you mean about the morning sickness. It’s the absolute worst!! But in the end it’s all worth it :)

  11. Posted on: 5-18-2012

    As soon as Spring comes back to Australian I am making this – a wonderful flavour profile!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      Hope you do Anna! It’s perfect for spring!!

  12. Posted on: 5-18-2012

    Look at your sweet baby belly!! Love it :) And love this drink- we’ve yet to fully reach berry season around here but anything with strawberries is capturing my attention. Can’t wait to try!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      Thanks Sarah! Strawberry season is winding down here but I have frozen a bunch to enjoy throughout the summer!

  13. Posted on: 5-18-2012

    Halfway there and you look wonderful! After seeing these pictures of your strawberry plants it makes me wish I had planted some. Your lemonade looks like the perfect way to stay cool!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      Thanks so much Tina!! I have to say I really do love having the strawberry plant! Its so awesome to watch them grow and have them fresh whenever I want!

  14. Posted on: 5-19-2012

    You look just adorable!! And this lemonade looks so refreshing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      Aw thanks Stephanie! I am loving the baby bump!

  15. Posted on: 5-19-2012

    Beth,

    What a great baby bump picture. enjoy your pregnancy time, and before you know it, you’ll be meeting your little girl.

    I love all things strawberry, and I will be making this for my bunco Salad Supper in a Few weeks

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      Thanks Becky! I am enjoying the pregnancy. its going SO fast, i cant even believe it!! I am so excited though to meet my little girl! Hope you enjoy this lemonade as much as I did! It will be perfect for you party!

  16. Posted on: 5-19-2012

    This drink looks luscious and refreshing! You look adorable…this is a very exciting time, enjoy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      Thanks Kathy!! It is definitely a very exciting time! I am loving every minute of it!

  17. Posted on: 5-19-2012

    This is a wonderful drink. Everyone oohed and ahhed last week when I made it and all needed the recipe. It quenches and delights.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      This is definitely a crowd pleaser!! Simply perfect for spring gatherings!

  18. Posted on: 5-19-2012

    I just made fresh lemonade last night. I think I’m going to blend up some strawberries and mint to add to it!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      You totally should! The strawberries and mint just add to the delicousness!

  19. Posted on: 5-19-2012

    Congrats again on the pregnancy. You look great! This strawberry mint lemonade is picture perfect. It looks perfect for summer and great for thirst-quenching!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      Thank Colleen! The lemonade is for sure perfect for summer and picture perfect from the strawberries giving it that gorgeous color!!

  20. Posted on: 5-20-2012

    Yum! This looks perfectly refreshing. Seriously want some right now :-)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-20-2012

      Its all gone :( Will have to make more and will share next time!

  21. Posted on: 5-21-2012

    FANTASTIC, I have ALL the ingredients for this refreshing drink…..I am off to the garden to cut some mint :) Love you baby bump, you look GREAT!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-22-2012

      Perfect!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!! Don’t you just love having everything on hand to make something you really want? It’s the best!

  22. Posted on: 5-22-2012

    This looks so refreshing, I’m sitting at my computer suddenly very thirsty! Brilliant stuff =]

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-22-2012

      Thank you! Looking at the photos again make me very thirsty too! If only I hadnt finished it all!

  23. Posted on: 5-22-2012

    Look at sweet you halfway to new baby! : )
    I have strawberries in my garden that have a bit to go for ripening but I will be trying this lovely beverage!

    Thank you for sharing!
    Kindly, Lorraine

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-23-2012

      Thanks Lorraine! So glad you will be trying this out! Its perfect for your bounty of strawberries!

  24. Posted on: 5-22-2012

    I love this! I don’t drink alcohol, so this is my kind of drink. The pictures are BEAUTIFUL!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-23-2012

      Thanks Tiffany!! Hope you try it out!

  25. Posted on: 5-23-2012

    You look adorable! swoon I love strawberries and can’t wait to make this lemonade!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-25-2012

      Thanks Anna! I hope you make it soon and enjoy it!!

  26. Posted on: 5-25-2012

    Your pictures are gorgeous, and this looks so wonderful and refreshing and spring-ish! Also, you’re such a cute preggo!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-25-2012

      Thanks Lindsay! I really am enjoying the baby bump!!

  27. Posted on: 5-26-2012

    Absolutely beautiful photography – it is wonderful to read your blog and be amazed at the pictures. Love it. The lemonade sounds refreshing and now that local strawberries have hit the market here (I bought the first locally grwon ones yesterday), there is no excuse but to go ahead and try out your recipe!

    P.S.: May I say you are one lovely looking pregnant lady and it is a very good idea to slow down a bit because pregnancy is such a wonderful time but sometimes times just passes too quickly.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-29-2012

      Aw thank you so much Andrea! I do hope you try this out and enjoy it as much as I did!

  28. Posted on: 6-16-2012

    Dear Beth:
    I just got a bottle of strawberry puree and you have gaven me great idea in mixing with lemon juice never thought of it, futher with bunch of fresh mint from my garden, I bet tomorrow I will enjoy my warm afternoon with a cup of refreshing juice to drink. Thanks for sharing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      This a perfect use of your strawberry purée and your fresh mint!! Hope you enjoy it!

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