Yippee! It's officially summer for two days now, and the temperature is rising over here. Time for homemade bbq sauce, variety of popsicles and jellos for the kiddos, and tons of lemonade and limeade for moi. Maybe a couple of pina coladas and margaritas too. Saw this recipe with only 4 ingredients in a past issue of Fine Cooking, and I have been saving it for a hot day like today (forcasting 99F). Thank God for air-conditioning and afternoon rain storms when they come!1 cup chopped strawberries
1 1/2 c organic cane sugar
Peel of 2 lemons (in strips and no white part)
2 c lemon juice
Place strawberries and 2 c water in a saucepan with the sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 mins. Remove from heat source, add lemon peel, cover and leave to cool. The strawberries will continue to soften and release color as it cools.
Strain syrup and using the back of spoon, press strawberries to release more juices. Discard solids. Add lemon juice, 2 c water and chill. Serve within 2 days.
Note: This only makes about 7 cups. :( But the good news is that you can always double the recipe! :)