Strawberry Lemonade

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Strawberry Lemonade

Other than my birthday, the best thing about May is strawberry season. If you can, I recommend skipping grocery stores in favor of picking strawberries on a farm. The end result is much better, and it makes a great date (if you’re corny like me and my girlfriend). The combination of lemonade and strawberry is almost too good to pass up on a hot day. This also tastes great mixed with club soda because of the blending of the acidity of the club soda and the lemonade!

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Every great drink starts with water. It is impossible to have a drink that doesn’t contain some amount of water. Milk is a water based substance with casein proteins and milk fat, soda is a carbonated water with flavoring syrup, and alcohols are distilled beverages composed of water and ethanol.

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Most people know that the chemical formula for water is H2O, but what does that mean and how does water behave? A much better way to depict water is H-O-H. Water is the element oxygen covalently bound to two hydrogen elements. This means that the oxygen shares electrons with two hydrogens. The electrons are not shared evenly, however, because oxygen is more electronegative than hydrogen. Oxygen pulls the electrons away from the hydrogens. The end result is that oxygen is partially negative and hydrogen is partially positive. These partial charges make water a polar molecule.

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Now that I hit you over the head with scientific jargon, I’ll explain why this is relevant to making drinks. Water molecules are attracted to one another via hydrogen bonding. The partially negative oxygen of one water molecule has an electromagnetic attraction to the partially positive hydrogen of another water molecule.

When sugar is introduced into the mix, the water molecules hydrogen bond with the hydroxyl (-OH) groups of the sugar molecule. This results in the hydration and dissolving of sugar in water.
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Time– 15 minutes

12 Ripe Strawberries
2 tbs sugar
1 ½ cup lemon juice
1 ¼ cup sugar
5 cups of water

Directions

  1. Place strawberries in a blender; top with 2 tablespoons sugar.
  2. Pour 1 cup water and ¼ cup of lemon juice over sugared strawberries. Blend until strawberry chunks transform into juice.
  3. Combine strawberry juice, 5 cups water, 1 ¼ cup sugar, and remaining lemon juice in a large pitcher; stir until blended. Chill before serving.

Makes 2 Liters/ Quarts

*If the lemonade is too sweet, add more water. If the drink isn’t sweet enough, add more sugar. The key is to add to your individual taste.