To spike or not to spike – Strawberry Lemonade for a #SundaySupper Picnic

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oSummer summer summer time
Time to sit back and unwind

This is the quintessential summer jam. The song that I pump in my car on hot, dry days, with the sun in my eyes, the air con blasting, and nowhere to go with all the time in the world to get there. That song came out in 1991 – 22 years ago!!! It sounds as good today as it did back then.

It’s not quite summer yet but we’re getting there. And to celebrate the upcoming glorious weather, we’re bringing you food that would be perfect eaten in the sun, on a blanket, on a grassy knoll or a sandy beach. I can’t wait.
So make like the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff – jump onto some patio furniture on the back of a moving flatbed truck and enjoy this strawberry lemonade. I made mine spiked because, duh, obviously I need a little booze in mah drank. But you can easily omit the alcohol to make this kid friendly.
(Spiked) Strawberry Lemonade (with Mint!)

juice of 6 lemons
1 pound of macerated strawberries
a handful of mint leaves
a 591 mL bottle of ginger ale
3/4 cups simple syrup
3 cups water
1/2 cup white rum (more, less or none to your taste)
lemon slices (optional)

To macerate the strawberries: wash and dry thoroughly. Hull the strawberries and slice in half. Add three tablespoons of sugar and mix. Let sit for thirty minutes until the juices have come out. If you’re not using the strawberries right away, you can store them in the fridge for up to 1 day.

To make simple syrup: place one cup water and one cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow it to come to a boil. You can swirl the syrup around a bit in the pan to make sure all the sugar crystals have dissolved but you don’t need to stir it. Take it off the heat and allow to cool. If not using right away, store in the fridge. Easy peasy!
Place the strawberries into a pitcher and add the lemon juice, water, ginger ale, simple syrup and rum. To muddle the mint leaves a bit, roll them between the palms of your hands. Add the mint and the ice. Mix together, throw in some lemon slices for the pretty factor, pour and enjoy!
strawberry_lemonade_1The day I made this, it was grey ‘n windy but sipping this lemonade quickly put me in a summer frame of mind. Plus rum is always a good thing. In fact, I didn’t think I added enough so I just poured some straight into my mug. No biggie.
These flavours work so well together and I love the slight fizz of the ginger ale. The best part is how adaptable this recipe is. You can add or omit as much as you like.
strawberry_lemonade_5The lovely Katy of Happy Baking Days is hosting our virtual picnic today. Check out all the deliciousness that’s happening up in here:

Salads and Slaws:

Sandwiches and Mains:



Don’t forget, you can join the picnic discussion on Twitter throughout the day, where we’ll be tweeting and sharing the recipes. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. To join in, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets. You can also check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and photos.

Do you know about the Food & Wine Conference sponsored by Sunday Supper? It is Being held July 19th – 21st in beautiful, sunny Orlando, FL. It’s a must for food bloggers. Find out more here: Food & Wine Conference

71 thoughts on “To spike or not to spike – Strawberry Lemonade for a #SundaySupper Picnic

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  2. Just when I thought you couldn’t get any cooler, you kick it up a notch with that song. My favorite summer jam is Baby Got Back by Sir Mix A Lot. Holla! I love this cocktail. I’m calling it a cocktail because I’ll always choose to spike it. I love your Skakespearean title–way cooler than mine. Now… Let’s dance!

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  4. Ooh love the gorgeous color of this drink! So vibrant so refreshing so delicious looking!Love the mint and ginger ale in there and you’re right, its so adaptable! Have to make it 🙂

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