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:

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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

  1. Oh my gosh, I miss summer so much – here I am wrapped in a jumper drinking hot chocolate instead of your gorgeous lemonade 😉
    And you can spike if you are feeling a little in-that-mood 😀
    I certainly will be in 3 months!


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  7. The ginger ale is a great surprise here Nancy! The rum not so much as I tend to put vodka in my lemonade, and turn it into a happy lemonade…! This is the perfect thing to drink on a hot summer day. The pics are so cheerful, it makes me want to skip winter.

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  13. I love that song too! I always think of it at the start of summer. It’s hard to believe it is 22 years old. My how time flies.
    I like your use of ginger ale in this lemonade. I would have never thought of that. Great way to give it an extra flavor and fizz too.

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  18. Nancy! I love this! looks so refreshing and lovely!! love the photos, girl. yes .. summer is right around the corner .. thank God. . can. not. wait! woot woot!! gotta try this strawberry lemonade! yum!

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  23. What a beautiful presentation- love the basil and strawberries in the pitcher! And so refreshing… YAY Summer time!!!

  24. I could probably drink that entire pitcher because I love strawberry lemonade so much. We could chill out on your porch and talk about how much we uh love our jobs 😀

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  26. Oh yum nancy! I make a smoothie with basically these same ingredients…minus the rum ;)! This looks so refreshing and so gorgeous!! I love adding mint to drinks and smoothies, really lightens it up! Beautiful photos.

  27. YES! Thank you for bringing back that old school jam. Man, you just can’t beat the jean cut offs, big hair, and exercise head bands. Gotta love the 90s. And this amazing strawberry lemonade! Sooooo pretty!

  28. Nancy, I CANNOT get over your photos!! I want to snag those juicy strawberries right out of the pitcher! And then drink the lemonade of course 🙂 Did you see Deb’s question on the Smitten Kitchen sangria post about what you’re supposed to do with all the fruit that’s in your sangria glass? Ignore it? Fish it out? Such a valid question!! I still have no idea what you’re supposed to do, but I don’t think I could resist fishing out the gorgeous fruit in your amazing looking lemonade!!!

  29. My favorite flavor combo. Love that I can have it either way 😉 Love all those strawberries you dropped in there. YES! This is my kind of picnic (or anytime) drink!

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