Strawberry Lemonade Sparkler

2014-03-28
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  • Yield : 1-1/2 quarts
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 0m
  • Ready In : 45m

Strawberries and lemons make a refreshing spring sparkler.

Strawberries, lemon, and a bottle of pink Moscato.

Strawberries, lemon, and a bottle of pink Moscato.

 

Muddle the fruit with the sugar and set aside for 30 minutes.

Muddle the fruit with the sugar and set aside for 30 minutes.

 

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Ingredients

  • 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

Method

Step 1

Roughly chop strawberries and put in a large pitcher.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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).

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

If you want an adults-only drink, omit the sparkling water and add the Moscato instead.

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