Monday, July 11, 2011

"Clean" Strawberry-Mango Lemonade

While on vacation this past week, my friend Jeanne made me some wonderful Lemonade. This is the recipe, with a few "tweaks". Instead of regular sugar based simple syrup, I used agave nectar. I also added strawberries because I had them on hand and they are in season! I hope you try this and enjoy as much as I did!

If you prefer your lemonade to be more sweet, feel free to decrease the lemon juice to 1 1/2 cups. Also if the mango puree makes the lemonade a little thick just add additional water to thin it out. Other than that, stay cool and hydrated this summer — make a batch and take it to the pool to share with friends or maybe even to a bbq for 4th of July! Just remember, sharing is caring and this drink will bring a smile to anyone’s face (unless you’re allergic to mangoes, strawberries or lemons)…

Ingredients for strawberry Mango Lemonade: (makes 10 x 8oz servings)
• 1 Cup Agave
• 9 cups water
• 2 Cups lemon juice
• 3 mangoes, peeled and pitted
• 8 medium strawberries

In a small saucepan, combine agave and 1 cup hot water. Refrigerate until chilled. Puree the mangoes and strawberries using a blender or hand-held blender. If the fibers and strawberry seeds bother you then strain here.

Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In a pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice, mango puree and remaining 8 cups water. Serve immediately chilled or on ice. (You can also freeze them in ice cube trays and make a strawberry mango lemonade slushie!)


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