Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

I know the old quote goes "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade." However, life handed me lots and lots of strawberries from a local farm. When you've got an ingredient in abundance, you might as well experiment with some new recipes, so I decided to use some of them to make strawberry lemonade. It's the perfect thing to have on hand, now that it's getting hot outside! I used one of my favorite ingredients for this recipe, and it is my sweetener of choice when not baking (although I do think you can bake with it, I just haven't tried it yet). It's Truvia, which is a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. I prefer to use Truvia as opposed to artificial sweeteners because I think it's slightly more natural than, say, Sweet-n-Low and Equal. Also, I suggest you go the extra mile and juice your own lemons...fresh lemons taste so much better than the bottled stuff.

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

10 oz fresh strawberries, chopped
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (8-9 lemons)
18-24 packets Truvia
3 cups water

1 cup ice cubes
3 cups soda water

1. Add the chopped strawberries to a (approximately 2-qt) pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, muddle them until they become a course puree (optional: put them in a food processor to get a smoother texture).
2. Add your lemon juice, stevia, and non-carbonated water to the pitcher with the strawberries. Stir to combine. Store the lemonade in the refrigerator until serving.
3. To serve, divide the ice amongst serving glasses, then divide the lemonade. Top each glass with the soda water. Serve immediately.

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