Sunday, February 21, 2010

SMS: Strawberry Lemonade


Neither the rainy weather we’re having in Northern California nor the not-quite-ripe strawberries I found at Whole Foods were exactly convincing me it was the perfect day to make this week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays selection, Strawberry Lemonade. I skipped last week, though, and I love lemonade and it looked quick to put together, so I went ahead and made it. The recipe instructed to stir the sugar and hot water together, but on the Problems & Questions section of the Sweet Melissa site, Tracey suggested making a simple syrup. I figured it was a lot “simpler” to let the ingredients sit on the stovetop on low for a few minutes rather than whisk furiously to get the sugar to dissolve.



The recipe is from the “After School Snacks” section of the Sweet Melissa Baking Book; coupled with the brownie bites I received from Di of Di’s Kitchen Notebook for the February round of Secret Baker, the lemonade did make an excellent afternoon snack. Despite the dreary weather, I managed to go on a long run today and it’s nice to have a refreshing beverage around. I thought the lemonade was a little on the sweet side, so I cut it with some sparkling water and it’s quite good that way. I also think it might be nice spiked with some vodka or limoncello. I rated this recipe a 7 for Deliciousness and gave it a 2.5 for Effort, for an EDR of 2.8. Many thanks to Jessica of My Baking Heart for a break from baking this weekend. You can find the recipe here on her site and visit the SMS blogroll to see what the other bakers thought of this treat.

10 comments:

Nina said...

The brownie bites seem like a great pairing with the lemonade.

Tracey said...

Lemonade and brownies - yum! Your lemonade is a wonderful color. As soon as I tried this, I knew it would be too sweet for some people, but it sounds like you solved that problem fairly easily with the sparkling water. Great ideas to spike it with vodka or limoncello - perhaps this summer!

JoAnn Freda said...

What gorgeous pictures! It looks like a spread in a summer magazine. Yum, adding limoncello would make it go down pretty easy.

Leslie said...

I just found some fantastic strawberries at Costco, but mine were like yours when I made this. It looks delicious and refreshing!

Pam said...

Great photos, very pretty! It looks delicious and I would like to have that cool glass of lemonade while sitting on the beach instead of being surrounded by all the snow here! Yummy!

Megan said...

Ha! I think vodka would have made that drink absolutely perfect.

Susan said...

Looks wonderful! I passed on this one. We aren't big lemonade drinkers here.

vibi said...

That looks absolutely delicious! MMMMmmmm... I dream of a glass, right now!

Hornedfroggy of My Baking Heart said...

Thanks so much for 'making' along with me this week!! ;) Glad you liked it!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Hi Margot, hope to see you around in the SMS Group!
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