{Strawberry Lemonade}

This is the perfect drink for hot summer days. I make this for my family or you could take it to a 4th of July BBQ, its always a hit! 🙂

1-1/2 cups sugar
4 cups water
2 cups fresh strawberries, cut off green top.
1 Tbs. finely shredded lemon peel
1 cup lemon juice (4 to 5 lemons)

In a small saucepan combine 1 cup of the sugar and 1 cup of the water; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
In a blender combine remaining 3 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, and the strawberries; process until smooth. Transfer to a 2-quart pitcher; add cooled syrup, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Add ice and serve.

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