- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
- 2 cups cold sparkling water or club soda
- Mint sprigs, garnish
- Whole strawberries, garnish
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon peel and lemon juice, stir, and remove from the heat. Let cool completely, then strain into a clean pitcher.
In a blender, puree the pint of strawberries with 2 cups of the syrup on high for 1 minute and add to the pitcher with the lemon juice. Stir well to combine and refrigerate until well chilled. If you prefer, right before serving, strain the strawberry lemonade through a fine mesh sieve to remove the strawberry seeds.
Add the sparkling water and stir well. Pour over glasses filled with ice and serve, garnished with mint and strawberries.