Sparkling Strawberry Limeade

Our family has a lot of summer birthdays. In fact, we’re expecting the arrival of a new baby in just two weeks which will bring us to a total of 3 July birthdays! That’s a lot of steamy summer parties, and a good reason to be on the lookout for great party beverages. This sparkling strawberry limeade is just the thing for summer gatherings with its lightly sweet, tangy and refreshing flavors. Classic summer flavors come together wonderfully in this fizzy vivid pink drink.

Sparkling Strawberry Limeade
makes one quart

1 cup strawberry puree
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (roughly 5 limes)
1/2 cup simple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
zest of 1 lime
2 cups seltzer
strawberry slices, lime slices, and mint for garnish

To make the simple syrup, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup sugar and lime zest, stir until dissolved, and cool. I used raw sugar and love the depth of flavor it brings. If you’d like to add herbs to your limeade, steep whole sprigs in the simple syrup for at least 10 minutes for optimal flavor.

To make the limeade, combine the pureed berries, lime juice, simple syrup, and seltzer. Add plenty of ice, strawberry slices, lime wedges, and mint, and serve.

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