1poundstrawberries (the riper the better)cut into halves & tops removed
1cupgranulated sugar (I prefer superfine sugar because it dissolves easier)
Juice of 4 lemons (about 3/4-1 cup of juice)
Cold water (still or sparkling - I used a mix so there was a little fizz)
Strawberry and lemon slices for garnish (optional)
Prep your strawberries. Add them to a blender, along with the sugar and enough water so it blends easily. Blend until smooth.
Juice your lemons.
Using a sieve, strain the strawberry juice and lemon juice. To do this, I put the sieve over a bowl and use a spoon to move it along faster. I then transfer the pulp-free strawberry/lemon juice mix to a pitcher.
Top up the pitcher with water. I suggest tasting it as you add water so it doesn't get too watery. Chill or serve right away.
If desired, add ice and fruit pieces just prior to serving.
Add vodka to make this drink alcoholic, or replace the water entirely with sparkling wine.