Roasted Strawberry Mint Lemonade
Happy Labor Day weekend!
I’m currently at a B&B in Nova Scotia with my roommate (romance!), but I just wanted to say HI. What’s up? Want to make Roasted Strawberry Lemonade? And then put a bunch of booze in it? Eh? EH?!!! (I’m in Canada, remember.)
I’m going to assume you’re nodding enthusiastically at your screen right now. If you’re also screaming/crying with excitement like a One Direction fangirl, that’s very good news. In fact, that would be the appropriate reaction to this fabulous late summer treat.
This fanciest of pink lemonades is liquid gold, people. Sweet and tangy with refreshing mint undertones, it basically screams “PARTY TIME!!!” (or “summer soiree!” for those of you wearing your classy pants this weekend). Honestly, it almost makes me wish I had children because this stuff would absolutely kill it at a lemonade stand.
The magic, friends, lies in the roasted strawberry purée…
If you’ve never roasted strawberries before, that’s totally cool. It’s incredibly easy, and you know I love taking credit for introducing you to things. All you need to do is put some sliced strawberries in a baking dish, add a little sugar, and pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes. The berries become soft and unbelievably juicy while they roast, intensifying their natural sweetness beyond your wildest dreams. Total gamechanger.
While I’m all for making a batch of Roasted Strawberry Mint Lemonade and hoarding it for yourself, I’m pitching it as a foolproof choice for Labor Day entertaining. The simple recipe can be made in advance, is easily multiplied for a crowd, and as you can see, it’s a rather show-stopping shade of fuchsia. If you’re feeling festive, I highly recommend adding a healthy splash vodka or bourbon into the mix and serving it as your signature cocktail. People will go nuts, which is obviously the goal here—minimum effort, maximum compliments. Cheers.
Warning: The boozy version of this lemonade has affectionately been coined panty-dropping punch. Do with that what you will…
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