SPARKLING STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
4-6 lemons, enough to equal 1 cup of lemon juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups simple syrup (recipe follows)
1 pound container strawberries, cleaned and hulled
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1 quart sparkling water
Juice the lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice.
Blend the strawberries and 1/2 cup of the simple syrup in a blender or with an immersion blender, until smooth. Strain to remove the seeds.
Pour lemon juice, strawberry puree, 1/2 cup simple syrup, and sparkling water into a pitcher. Add more simple syrup if needed to achieve the sweetness you like. Add ice and chill.
Simple Syrup: Combine 1 part sugar with 1 part warm water. Stir to dissolve sugar. This can also be done on the stovetop, but this was faster and easier.
Note: 1 cup of simple syrup works for this pitcher of lemonade. If you want it more sweet than tart, use 3/4 cup sugar to 3/4 cup water and add it all.