Balsamic Strawberry Lemonade

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Lemonade, especially pink lemonade, tends to remind everyone of childhood, even if you still legitimately enjoy it as an adult. I think we’d all agree that there are drinks out there that are universally considered kid-friendly, and making said drinks more adult-friendly usually involves alcohol.

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Not so with this lemonade! Not that you couldn’t spike it if you so desire – of course you could. But if you are looking for something non-alcoholic that isn’t too cloying that the kids might not enjoy, then this is where you can stop looking. This is a fresh pink lemonade with nothing artificial inside, with a wonderful tartness from the vinegar. Definitely not too sweet, but it also doesn’t scream balsamic vinegar at you like salad dressing does. It’s just there, in the background, mitigating the sometimes too-sweet nature of lemonade.

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I’m thinking this drink would be perfect to set out at a grown-ups-only outdoor shindig this summer. You could put bottles of your hard liquor of choice alongside and let people spike it or not as they pleased. One way or another, your pitcher would be empty soon enough.

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And the kids might like it – I personally don’t know as I did not test this one out on any children. But I can assure you it’s very adult friendly. And delicious. Enjoy!

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Source: Look + Cook by Rachael Ray

Ingredients:
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 tbs good quality aged balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup superfine sugar, or granulated sugar
6 cups water
12 lemons
A few sprigs of mint

Directions:
Place the strawberries and vinegar at the bottom of a glass pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to muddle them together. Let stand while you prepare the rest of the drink.
Add the sugar and 2/3 cup of the water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the sugar dissolves. Let cool a bit, then pour over the strawberries.
Juice the lemons into a bowl or measuring cup, then pour into the pitcher through a strainer to catch any seeds. Fill the pitcher with the remaining 5 1/3 cups water and stir. Chill or pour over ice into glasses (or both!) and garnish each glass with mint sprigs.

8 responses to “Balsamic Strawberry Lemonade

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  2. Yum, love a great lemonade – looks like the perfect sip!

  3. I was just telling my husband I wanted a great balsamic and strawberry recipe and this sounds perfect! I love lemonade so this non-traditional variation is sure to be made someday!

  4. I had a drink similar to this at a wedding this weekend. It was so refreshing. Yours looks even better with the balsamic vinegar.

  5. I love the flavors of balsamic vinegar and strawberries together so I can imagine that is would taste AMAZING! I have to try it! What a great idea 🙂

  6. I’ve just started adding some vinegars to drinks and this sounds like a winner!

  7. I am so going to make this for my dinner party this weekend. I have kids coming so I can make this recipe for them and then add some vodka for the larger kids:)

  8. Sounds like the perfect summer drink! I love the idea of balsamic in this!

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