Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

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About: Made in Canada, I grew up crafting, making, and baking. Out of this love for designing and creating, I pursued a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since then I've done work for Mart...

As Summer approaches, I've been getting ready to up my 'refreshing beverage' game by trying out some new recipes. I love how this strawberry ginger lemonade came out. I chose not to strain it, which made it almost like a lemonade latte, with fun bubbly strawberry foam on top. YUM!!

Now let's get to the how-to on the real way to make friends and influence people... by giving them yummy stuff. ;)

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Check out some of my other summer beverage instructables:

Flavored Water Recipes
Watermelon Margaritas (made and served in mini watermelons!)
Lava Flow Cocktail
Watermelon Mojito Slushie
Cucumber Mint Cooler in Edible Cucumber Cups

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Step 1: Recipe + Supplies

Recipe

2 heaping cups of fresh organic strawberries, with cores removed
3 cups water
1-3 inches of fresh ginger root
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (4-5 lemons, depending on size)
1/2 cup of sweetener (sugar, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, OR any combo of these)
slices of lemon and ginger to garnish
ice

Tools

blender
citrus juicer
measuring cup
small strainer
cutting board
chef's knife
paring knife
serving jug
serving glasses
fun straws

Step 2: Prep the Strawberries

Wash the strawberries. Then using a paring knife, carefully remove the cores, as pictured.

Step 3: Juice, Juice, Juice

Using a citrus juicer*, prepare the 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.

TIP: To get the maximum amount of juice out of each lemon, roll them back and forth under your palm while pressing down.

*To see all the different ways to juice lemons, visit my 'How To Juice A Lemon' instructable.

Step 4: Make Ginger Juice

Put a 1-3* inch piece of fresh ginger root into the blender and add the 3 cups of water.

Blend well.

Pour the mixture through a strainer into a pouring vessel, using the back of a spoon to push all the juice through, and set aside.

*The ginger adds a pretty strong bite, so choose the amount you put in based on how strong you think you'll want that ginger bite to be.

Step 5: All Together Now

In the blender, add the strawberries, lemon juice, and sweetener.

Blend Well.

Add the ginger juice and blend again until you get a nice froth going.

I chose to leave the froth because I liked how it made my lemonade more of a 'latte', but if you'd prefer just the classic, clear style lemonade, simply strain the mix as you pour it into your serving jug.

Step 6: Garnish and Serve!

Cut some thin slices of lemon and ginger for garnish. (I *carefully* cut my ginger the flat way so I'd end up with wild, coral-y looking pieces, but feel free to cut them however you'd like!)

Add one of each to the edge of the serving glasses, add some ice, and pour away!

I find drinking these (as with most things) is best while sitting next to a body of water, so whether it's the ocean, a lake, a winding river, or a kiddy pool, I guarantee it will really turn up the enjoyment volume!

Happy almost summer you guys!

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    Lozchik

    1 year ago

    Just made it tonight. The ginger adds a nice flavor to lemonade that I wouldn't have thought to add. Course, I went a bit heavy on the ginger and it's kinda spicy according to my partner. He says he'll try it again, though.

    A pretty amazing tasty looking drink! I will make this using fresh strawberries from my garden! Yummm!

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    samkoltisko

    4 years ago

    That looks really good...... But honey is not Paleo

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    stephenmack

    4 years ago on Introduction

    We have a huge lemon tree in our backyard, so I will be making this in the near future.

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    khung1

    4 years ago on Step 6

    Pretty cool. Just the right amount of bite with sweetness.

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    but... where´s the rum gone?

    I´ll try this recipe, it looks so fresh!

    :D

    I noticed you do not peel the ginger, is there a resson for this? I have been taught to peel the skin off before using.

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    philo36

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I put fresh ginger and lemon juice in my morning smoothie. It gives you a metabolic boost and the citric acid in the lemon juice helps keep you in pH balance. It also helps preserve the flavor of smoothie in the fridge so you can make three days worth without it going brownish and losing flavor.

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    RmbrRuffianphilo36

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, you never want to store your smoothies. They lose all the antioxidants and other nutrients from air exposure. Fresh, whole food smoothies should be made and eaten immediately.

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    philo36RmbrRuffian

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    That is true for some anti-oxidents but not all. Unfortunately, I cannot run my Vitamix early every morning or I'll wake everyone else up at 4:30AM. So in the interest of a calm and cohesive family environment I have to do it this way.

    I tried your recipe, its tasted superb still tongue is in quest of having more.. then I experimented with adding 30 percent avocado smoothie with little more honey to it.. no one will believe it is out of the world taste it is energy booster in summer, health tonic drinks. with in few days I will post entire recipe on instructable. try it ... do reply after tasting...

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    dalecarlile

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I like it! But I will change it. My sweetener will be Stevia. While I make 2 gallons of lemonade a day for my wife and I I had not thought to add the ginger. Great Idea, thanks.

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    NathanSellers

    4 years ago

    oh man this looks so good. Thanks for sharing.