Strawberry Lemonade

Here’s a combination of two top summer treats: strawberries and homemade lemonade all wrapped up together. Tennis anyone?

  • 5 large lemons, at room temperature, scrubbed
  • 110-150g golden granulated sugar
  • 1litre cold water
  • Small amount boiling water
  • Plus:
  • 10-12 large juicy strawberries and 2 teaspoons sugar

Peel the zest from 4 of the lemons avoiding the bitter white pith.

Put the sugar in a pan with just enough water to cover and simmer gently until the sugar has completely melted and lost its grittiness.

Cool slightly and pour into a heatproof jug. Add the lemon peel and allow the liquid to infuse and cool.

Once cool, squeeze the juice from the peeled lemons and pour into the jug. Add the water, stir well, cover and chill for a couple of hours.

Cut the fifth lemon in half, squeeze half into the jug and slice the other thinly. Strain into a serving jug.

Quarter or halve the strawberries, transfer to a food processor or blender and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar.

Leave for 10 minutes. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water and whiz to a puree.

Strain through a sieve to remove most of the seeds (line the sieve with muslin or a clean disposable cloth to remove the seeds completely).

Pour into the lemonade and stir. Decorate with lemon slices.