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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Summer Lemonade

We hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! As the unofficial kickoff to summer, the weekend is always reminiscent of days by the water, grilled goodness and refreshing cold drinks. This year, it was all of those things and really got me in the spirit of summer. I personally love the change of seasons and after a really cold winter here in Tennessee and a beautiful spring (that was brutal on our allergies), I'm ready for blue waters, hot days and tasty lemonade. 
My mom and I made three different kinds of lemonade for our Memorial Day poolside cook out. We have two easy versions and one that requires a little more effort but is so fresh, it's worth it! 

Easy Pineapple Lemonade
Lemonade mix of choice-follow directions for the entire container and make in a big pitcher
Pineapple juice-add in pineapple juice of choice and mix well. 

Strawberry Mint-Basil Lemonade & Watermelon Mint-Basil Lemonade
Easy Version:
Bed Bath & Beyond Fruit Infusion Pitcher is an easy way to "steep" any sort of fruit or herb into your water, lemonade or tea. We put our basil, mint and strawberries in the infuser and simply added in Crystal Light. 

Fresh Version:
Juice 7 lemons in a citrus juicer. Make simple syrup by bringing 2 cups water and 2.5 cups sugar to a boil and let cool. Pour lemon juice and 1 cup cold water in a pitcher, then add in simple syrup. Cut up 5 cups of fresh watermelon and 1/4 cup water then blend, making 3 cups of blended watermelon. Add blend to the lemonade mix and chill. 
To make with strawberries, use same amount as watermelon.
To infuse basil and mint, either steep loose leaves in the liquid or use a Water Flavor Infuser Ball from Bed Bath & Beyond.



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