How To Make Strawberry Lemonade — Summer Entertaining

Thanks for dropping by. Grab an old apron from the linen closet and join me in the kitchen. Today we will be making and canning a big batch of my favorite summer party beverage.

This nifty Great Depression recipe came from that mysterious old recipe box I found at a church bazarre.

This sweet lemonade is great for summer entertaining because it mixes so delightfully with lemon-lime soda, iced tea — or any other thing you can dream up to make a party punch.

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

( or Strawberry Lemonade for the sugar tooth )

Ingredients:

4 quarts of strawberries

4 cups (1 quart) of lemon juice (fresh or from a jar like “ReaLemon”)

3 quarts water

5 cups granulated sugar ( or try some brown sugar for an interesting twist )

Procedure:

1. Hull and pureé the strawberries.

2. Mix all the ingredients together in a stock pot.

3. Heat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do not boil. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved to remove the gritty texture. This is a quick, short step, if I remember correctly. Although I could be wrong and I won’t know for sure until the strawberries are ripe…

Anyway,

4. Remove from heat. Stir and Skim off any foam.

5. Laddle into 5-7 quart jars or 10 -14 pint jars

Oh, you get the picture.

6. Place in boiling water bath for 20 minutes.

Be sure there is at least an inch of water above the canning jars.

Altitude adjustment: Add 1 minute more in the water bath for each 1000 feet you are above sea level.

7. After you remove the jars to cool, listen for that wonderful popping sound of your jars sealing.

Now, you have a lovely strawberry lemonade concentrate for any time of year.

Serve chilled. Due to the richness of this recipe, I suggest you cut the lemonade with water or perhaps a lemon-lime soda

For example:

1 quart of Strawberry Lemonade concentrate + 1 quart of water

or

1 quart of Strawberry Lemonade concentrate + 1 quart of lemon-lime soda

or

1 quart of concentrate + you favorite sun tea.

Other beginner canning tutorials:

How To Make Jam — A Beginner Tutorial

How To Make Jam — The Canning Supplies

How To Make Jam — The Easy Canning Process

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam — without added pectin

How to Raw Pack Fruit With Simple Syrup

What is your favorite summer-time beverage recipe?

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10 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. you bet…you can do anything with it….that is the beauty

  2. I know this is an older post, but I’m going to ask a question anyway and hope that you will come back to this post to answer….I’ve never canned before and don’t have any of the equipment on hand…can this lemonade mixture be frozen, then thawed/diluted ?

  3. Wonderful info on potatoes. Thanks.

  4. I’m so sorry to respond so late to this, your comment got buried while I was playing out in the mud.
    They freeze beautifully, especially if you use a vacuum sealer to extend their storage life.

    If you don’t have one squeeze as much air out of each bag as possible without crushing them.

    Being a low acid veggie, sugar peas need a pressure canner, for canning.
    Oh, this calls for a post. Hang in there. You always give me such good stuff to write about.

  5. How about a glass of water with frozen berries for ice cubes. Pretty, delicious and healthy.

  6. I love lemonade in the summer. It is by far the best! Ok, sometimes an icy glass of spring water can hit the spot too, but lemonade, aawww sweet lemonade.

    ~Stephanie
    MileWide Nursery

  7. [...] has good instructions for canning whole or sliced berries in a simple syrup and also for canning strawberry lemonade. For more strawberry preserving ideas from the Ball Jar site, see recipes [...]

  8. neighbor nancy, i don’t know where i should put this question on your site… what do you do with all of your sugar snap peas? freeze them? can them? We’ve been eating a lot of them & my husband is tired of them already (i’m not), but i thought you might have a tip for what you do to preserve them for later use?
    Thanks!
    Jen

  9. this sounds great!

  10. My dear Neighbor Nancy,
    I wanted to let you know my strawberry jam turned out wonderful! I took your excellent advise about picking one day, canning the next, and setting up stations.
    We usually buy store-brand jams, which doesn’t have a lot of flavor, other than “sweet”. This jam SCREAMS strawberries. Thank-you so much.


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