Thirsty Thursday-Strawberry Vanilla Bean Sparkling Lemonade

This drink from PaleOMG is PERFECT for these hot summer days!

Ingredients (serve 4):

  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup maple sugar
  • 1 cup hulled and sliced strawberries
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut in half, beads removed with the back of a knife
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 1½ cup sparkling water
  • extra strawberries, to garnish
  • lemon slices, to garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, place the water, maple sugar, strawberries, the beads from the vanilla bean that are removed with a knife, then add the vanilla bean pod into the saucepan. Place over medium heat and let simmer for no longer than 10 minutes. Remove vanilla bean pod.
  2. Place mixture in a blendtec and blend until smooth. Then add lemon juice and lemon zest and blend for a couple seconds. Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl then add sparkling water and stir.
  3. Pour sparkling lemonade mixture into glasses filled with ice and garnish with strawberries and lemon slices.
  4. Drink up and enjoy!