Are you ready for the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend? It will definitely be feeling like summer here in SE Tennessee this weekends with highs around 90. Ughhh.
This is definitely a summertime drink, and pretty, too. While I've used coconut milk for years, I had never tried coconut water. It's a great addition in that it's not sweet-tasting on its own, but it does cut the tartness of the lemon juice, leading to less added sugar. Hmmm, you learn something everyday.
Click on the recipe link below for lots of added tips (like adding sparkling water, getting the most juice out of lemons, adding alcohol, making popsicles, lots of beautiful photos, and step-by-step instructions).
STRAWBERRY COCONUT WATER LEMONADE (makes 5 cups)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1 lb strawberries, trimmed and halved
2 cups coconut water
sparkling water, optional
Stir together the water and sugar in a glass bowl then microwave for about 90 seconds. Carefully remove from the microwave then stir until all the sugar has dissolved (you know have simple syrup). Refrigerate until cool (this can be made several days ahead).
Combine lemon juice and strawberries in a blender then blend until very smooth. Stir in coconut water then simple syrup to taste (start with 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp; amount used will depend on your taste and the sweetness of your strawberries).
Refrigerate lemonade until ready to serve then pour into glasses over ice and top with sparkling water (optional) just before serving.
Recipe Source: http://iowagirleats.com/2016/05/02/strawberry-coconut-water-lemonade/