So refreshing. So clean. So…summery. This Strawberry Lemonade Recipe was the hit of our weekend picnic. And it was by far the easiest thing I made on the menu too!
Still going strong with my Outdoor Challenge, I spent Saturday afternoon with my family at the Everglades National Park. We walked all of the trails, paddled canoes, got up close with the alligators (see photo left) and then found the perfect lakeside spot to enjoy our picnic. Making the Strawberry Lemonade Recipe was actually an afterthought for the picnic menu, but if you are planning any summer gatherings the effort-to-impressiveness ratio doesn’t get much better than homemade Strawberry Lemonade. Especially on a hot sweltering day. Especially in the Everglades.
And thanks to pureed dates, you don’t need a drop of added sugar to make your lemonade sweet either.
How Do You Keep Strawberry Lemonade Cold on a Picnic?
Any lemonade recipe or non-alcoholic drink can be kept ice cold for a picnic or any other outdoor outing simply by freezing the liquid in a zip-top bag (Note: Alcohol doesn’t freeze so if you are planning on spiking your beverages you will want to add the alcohol when you serve the food.)
We left the house at about 8 am and didn’t have the picnic until 1:30 or so and the Strawberry Lemonade Recipe was still somewhat frozen even all those hours later. I just used my hands to “massage” and soften the frozen pieces that were still in the zip-top bag before pouring the liquid into the mason jars.
- 2 cups frozen organic strawberries
- 5 pitted medjool dates
- 1 1/2 cups ice cold water
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and process for at least 2 minutes, or until mixture is completely smooth and lump-free. Serve cold.
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