Years ago when I lived in the Bay Area, I remembered a particularly rough work week. Actually, they were all bad since I liked my job but hated my manager. I was visiting a friend in Palo Alto. We ate at some restaurant I can't remember the name of, but I certainly remembered the strawberry lemonade.
Such a simple concept, sliced strawberries into lemonade. Add carbonated water if plain tap water won't do.
A sunny day. Catching up with a friend. A refreshingly colorful drink. Perfect for Memorial Day barbecues, which signal the coming of lots more sunny days and weekends grilling outdoors.
Now, you know I love tart flavors, so when Christine of Kits Chow, host of the sprouts round-up of Weekend Wokking announced LEMONS as this month's challenge, I debated which recipe I should feature. In the end, I decided lemons needed little embellishment to be enjoyed.
As many lemons as you'd like
As many strawberries as you'd like
Sugar, adjust to taste
Optional: Mineral or seltzer water if you want carbonation.
I used Meyer lemons from my youngest uncle's tree, but any lemons will do. After slicing the strawberries, you can also mash them a little bit to release the flavors.
Juice the lemons. Remove the caps and slice the strawberries. Add water and sugar to taste.
Preferably on bright sunny days with a friend or at backyard barbecues with family.
I'm submitting this recipe to Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks to celebrate the multiple ways we can cook one ingredient. This month's secret ingredient is LEMONS. I'm the host for June so please send your entries to me by Sunday, May 31.
If you'd like to participate or to see the secret ingredient, check who's hosting next month. If you've participated in the past and would like to host, please email me.
My other lemon recipes:
Baked Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, Lemon, and Rosemary
Baked Chicken with Citrus Marinade
Baked Chicken with Salt, Pepper, and Lemon
Bo Tai Chanh (Vietnamese Beef Carpaccio with Lemon)
Cajun Vietnamese Shrimp Boil
Chanh Muoi (Vietnamese Salty Lemonade)
Cuban Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken
Dolmades (Greek Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice, Tomatoes, and Onions)
Meyer Lemon Granita
Meyer Lemon Shortbread Bars
Mieng Kham (Thai Leaf-Wrapped Snack)
Nohut Salatasi (Turkish Chickpea Salad)
Sinh To Nha Dam (Vietnamese Aloe Vera Shake)
Tom Kha Gai (Thai Galangal and Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk)
1 year ago today, Salsa Verde with Roasted Tomatillos.
2 years ago today, Bulgogi and Kalbi (Korean Barbecued Beef and Short Ribs).