If I were forced to choose a only one beverage to drink for the rest of my life, my choice would be lemonade. (Margaritas would be a close second, chocolate milk is probably third…) Good old fashioned plain lemonade will always be my favorite, but I love plenty of flavored variations as well. I’ve been happy as a clam with the plethora of strawberries around these days and using some of them in a fruity drink was only natural. This recipe caught my eye one day and it just so happened that I had recently opened a bottle of sparkling water. I bought a bag of lemons and whipped this up. Only after I was pouring it into glasses did I realize I have actually made this recipe before. This time around I actually used the sparkling water the recipe calls for rather than tap water. It’s amazing what a difference that little bit of effervescence adds to the final product. Last time it was pretty good but this time it was taken to a whole new level. To me, a big pitcher of this lemonade seems like the perfect drink for summer barbecues and outdoor gatherings.
In case you are still planning your menu for Memorial Day, here are a few more crowd pleasing suggestions:
Teriyaki Burgers with Mango Pineapple Salsa
Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs
Cherry Tomato Salad
Classic Mac and Cheese
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars