Easy, Organic Summer Drink: Go Green

Here’s a recipe, a budget-friendly tip and a plug for local food all wrapped up in one delicious summer drink: strawberry lemonade.

Ever get a craving for strawberries when they’re no longer in season? Sure you do…we all do! There’s no need to buy frozen (with all that excess packaging and what not) and there’s certainly no need to buy them off-season when you know they’ve been flown all over the world after being picked in some exotic locale far before ripeness hits. Just head to the farmer’s market…now….while they’re still in season. Try to plan for the very end of the market, when vendors are packing up and you’re more likely to get a deal. Most people are averse to buying a whole crate of strawberries (which we all know is far cheaper in comparisson to the one, measly little container fitting maybe ten strawberries) because let’s face it, strawberries don’t last very long and it’s very difficult to eat them all before they start to get squishy. But go ahead and buy that crate, and make it organic.

Once at home, separate out what you intend to eat fresh. Take the remainder of the strawberries, wash them and slice the heads off (where the leaves are). Place the strawberries in freezer bags or tupperware. If you have adequate room in your freezer determine if you want to buy an additional crate the following week.

Now, as the strawberries go the way of all things spring and summer, you are prepared with your stash. Might we suggest wowing everyone at Thanksgiving dinner with a fresh, homemade strawberry pie?

But for summer, here’s a great recipe for a delicious Strawberry Lemonade:

1 cup frozen, organic strawberries (hulled)
4 cups cold water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 organic lemons; get them from a friend’s tree if possible!)

For simple syrup:
1 cup water
3/4 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you prefer)

Make simple syrup by mixing the sugar with one cup of water. Boil until the sugar dissolves.

Puree the frozen strawberries.

Combine the strawberry puree, simple sugar, lemon juice and four cups of cold water. Stir. Enjoy.