With the warm temperatures, I've been craving some yummy, cold, refreshing drinks. Like lemonade (the real stuff!) Aldi's happened to have lemon's on sale for $.99 a bag! Then, I rounded the corner and found the $.79 strawberries! I snagged a few of each the other day and decided to make some pink lemonade this week.
I don't know if I'm just a lousy searcher, and I don't use the right keywords when looking for things. Or, if there truly wasn't a good, yummy, fresh homemade recipe for Strawberry Lemonade (that didn't include club soda or simple syrup) on Pinterest. Either way, I searched and searched and couldn't find one. So, I made my own.
The awesome part about this lemonade? Its diet and it only cost me $1.92 (with tax!) to make the entire pitcher.
My Fresh Diet Pink Lemonade
6 Lemons, room temperature
1 16 oz package of Strawberries (washed)
7 packets (or more to taste. I like my lemonade kind of tart) of Stevia (though Splenda would work well, too)
1 cup of water (and about 1.5 quarts added at the end)
Sprig of mint
You'll need a lemon juicer and a knife to cut your lemons and strawberries
*Wash and cut your strawberries.
*Put into your 2 quart drink container and set aside. I mashed mine a little bit with my pampered chef mixing do-dad. But, you can mash yours with a fork a little bit if you want.
*Roll each lemon back and forth a few times before cutting it. I read something somewhere (isn't that the way it always is? I can never remember WHERE I read it.) that you get more juice from your lemon if you roll it before cutting and juicing it. It seems to work well.
*Juice each lemon half. (I absolutely LOVE my lemon juicer from Pampered Chef.)
*Pour the lemon juice over the strawberries and let them sit together for a while.
*Meanwhile, heat your cup of water up per your method of choice. I put mine in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes.
*Stir in your packets of sweetener.
*Pour water/sweetener mixture over strawberry and lemon juice combo. Stir well.
*Add extra water and ice until you have 2 quarts of lemonade.
I did find that wasn't super pink the first day, but the second day it was a glorious color! I'd recommend making it a day ahead to achieve a beautiful color pink.
It was so.stinking.yummy. Normally E doesn't really care for my low-calorie re-dos. However, even he raved over this, saying "its very refreshing!"
There you have it. Diet Pink Lemonade. Yum!