Homemade lemonade is still as loved in the South during summertime as ice’ tea, and the variations folks come up with are amazing. No matter that other ingredients might detract from the lemonade itself—as in this fizzy version a friend in Huntsville, Alabama, takes great pride in serving at bridge parties. What’s most important about this or any other lemonade (plain or flavored) is that the lemon juice be fresh squeezed.
In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar, bring to a boil, stir till the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes, and let cool.
In a blender or food processor, combine the cooled syrup with the lemon juice and strawberries, blend till smooth, transfer to a large pitcher, and chill several hours.
When ready to serve, stir in the club soda and serve immediately over ice cubes in tall glasses.
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