Strawberries are everywhere right now, and they're cheap and delicious. This homemade fresh strawberry lemonade is a great way to use up some of the berries that are a little overripe, that taste amazing but would go squishy in a lunchbox. Easy to make and tastes fab!
If you are in a vegan or plant based house you can sub the honey for any sweetener of your choice - directly swap for maple syrup, or use the right amount of agave or any other sweetener, a little at a time, until you are happy with the balance of sweet and tart.
Approximately 150g very ripe (or even slightly overripe) strawberries
500ml water (if you like, you can use sparkling water for a bit of fizz)
200g approx of ice cubes
8 tablespoons of lemon juice
4 tablespoons of honey
A blender or stick blender
Instructions for children:
Wash your hands and then wash the berries in a sieve or colander and give them a shake to get the extra water off.
Put them into a blender (or a big jug if you are going to use a stick blender).
Add in the ice cubes, popping them carefully out of the container and making sure your fingers don't get too cold - take a little break if they start to.
Measure your 8 spoons of lemon juice and add them into the blender. As you measure each one, count your number of spoons out loud until you get to eight. If you think you might lose track, you can write your numbers down on a piece of paper each time you add one.
Add your spoons of honey into the blender too, using a clean finger to scrape the honey off the spoon in between each one.
Blend up the mixture for about a minute, using short bursts, until the mixture is fairly even and there aren't any large pieces of strawberry or ice left.
Add the water and give it one last blast of the blender.
If you are not going to drink it straight away, keep it in the freezer.
You can add some chopped strawberries or mint in the glass when you drink it, if you like, it looks pretty too.
There are lots of variations of this recipe. Here are some of our favourites:
This plainer version uses normal sugar, but doesn't use crushed ice, so you can keep it longer without becoming more watery.
This recipe includes melon and strawberry, and uses ginger ale or grape juice instead of water
This cute short video from Weelicious is a great example of a child making a similar recipe.