Strawberry Lemonade Sparkler2014-03-28
- Yield : 1-1/2 quarts
- Servings : 8
- Prep Time : 15m
- Cook Time : 0m
- Ready In : 45m
Strawberries and lemons make a refreshing spring sparkler.
- 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed
- 12 lemons, divided
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 32 oz bottle sparkling water
- 1 bottle pink Moscato, optional
Roughly chop strawberries and put in a large pitcher.
Zest one lemon with a peeler making a long spiraling peel. Add to pitcher. Then cut away white pith and discard it. Chop up lemon flesh and add to the pitcher.
Add sugar and muddle the fruit. Refrigerate for 30 minutes up to an hour to allow the fruit to melt down the sugar (mixture will still be a little grainy).
Juice remaining lemons, after the maceration process, add the juice to the mixture. Don't add it before. Too much lemon juice will prevent the sugar from dissolving.
Slowly add the sparkling water by pouring down the side of the pitcher. Mix in an up-down motion to preserve the bubbles. Too vigorous round and round stirring will pop all the bubbles.
If you want an adults-only drink, omit the sparkling water and add the Moscato instead.