There are certain foods that I always associate with Summer. While we had a row of strawberries in the garden, I loved going to u-pick farms and eating as I worked.
As a kid the Country Time Lemonade commercials got my attention but the powdered mix just never held a candle to the real thing. A cold glass of lemonade on a hot day just hits the spot.
You can understand how mixing the two is just natural for me. I canned the concentrate but it can also be frozen or used immediately.
6 cups Strawberries
4 cups Lemon Juice
5 cups Sugar
Rinse and hull the berries and remove any bruised parts. Purée the berries to desired consistency. The more you purée it the more it blends with the juice, but some people may like to leave a few chunks.
Place the berries and sugar in a pot with the lemon juice. While you can certainly use fresh squeezed, bottled works as well.
Heat the mix until it reaches 190 degrees. If it boils you will have a foamy mess all over the stove. Ask me how I know?
The original recipe from Ball calls for 6 cups of sugar but we found that to be too sweet for our tastes. Another option is to use raspberries instead of strawberries.
i used quarts but pints work as well. Fill to 1/4 inch headspace and process in a water bath for 15 minutes.
When freezing be sure to allow 2 Inches of headspace.
If making for immediate use, it can be made the day before.
To use the concentrate mix it 50/50 with cold water. If you want punch I suggest adjusting it to 25% water and 25% Sprite. You can also top with strawberry ice cream to make it really fun.
Have a cool Summer!