CopyCat Recipes: Red Robin Freckled Lemonade

Almost-Famous Strawberry Lemonade
Source: Food Network Magazine
Makes: 6 drinks


Zest of 1 lemon, in wide strips
2     cups sugar
2     cups chopped hulled strawberries
2     cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 large lemons)
1/4  teaspoon salt


1.) Make the lemon syrup: Bring the lemon zest, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring, until the sugar dissolves; Let cool to room temperature.

2.) Meanwhile back at the ranch (remember that book?), make the strawberry syrup: Toss the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl and let sit at room temperature until the sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes.  Strain the strawberry mixture, reserving the strawberry syrup and berries separately.

3.) Mae the lemonade: Combine the lemon juice, lemon syrup, salt and 2 cups of cold water in a pitcher.  For each drink, put about 1 tablespoon of the strawberry syrup in a tall glass.  Fill with ice, then top with the lemonade and some of the reserved strawberries.


To be honest, I've actually never had this in real life, and can count on one hand the times I've been to a Red Robin. This was way too sweet for my liking, but that's coming from someone who prefers unsweetened tea and thinks sweet tea tastes like a pitcher of sugar and water.  So please do not let me opinion deter you from making this!


-You can save yourself some time and arm strength buying lemon juice, as 2 cups was more than 10 lemons.  I only had 11 lemons and that wasn't enough, so I added about 1/4 cup water to sustain it. 
-If I make it again, I will cut the lemon syrup in half to cut back on the sweetness of it.  Again, this is a personal preference!

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