Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

June 25, 2012 by Ali

This sparkling strawberry lemonade definitely “sparkles”!

In addition to being made with delicious fresh lemons, strawberries, and a good splash of sparkling water, there is also a fun surprise around the rim — sparkling strawberry Pop Rocks!

Remember those???

Pretty sure I hadn’t tried the crazy popping candy since elementary school, but it ended up being a totally great twist with this delicious drink. And it makes an especially fun addition to a “sparkling” dessert lineup for any patriotic holiday. With or without the Pop Rocks, though, this sparkling strawberry lemonade is the perfect, sweet and refreshing drink for summer. You and your friends and family will love it!

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Prep Time: 9 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 7-8 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold sparkling water or club soda
  • 2 packages strawberry Pop Rocks, optional

Method

Puree the strawberries, sugar and (2 Tbsp.) water together in a blender or food processor until pureed. Remove and strain through a fine-mesh strainer if desired, or you can leave the seeds and pulp in.

In a separate bowl or pan, stir together the boiling water and (1/2 cup) sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and strawberry mixture until well combined, then stir in the sparkling water or club soda. Serve over ice.

To rim your glasses with Pop Rocks, first take your finger and spread a thin layer of honey over the very top rim of the glasses. Then spread out your Pop Rocks in a small bowl, and dip the honeyed glass rims in the Pop Rocks until they are coated. Garnish the glasses then with an additional lemon or strawberry slice if desired.

Ali’s Tip: This would also be delicious for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry or mango lemonade!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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21 thoughts on “Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

  1. this is gross but looks good

    - secret

  2. Looks delicious! Perfect for summer.

    - Social News Network

  3. Pop rocks are so fun! What a pretty drink!

    - Aggie

  4. Oh this sounds amazing, love the pop rocks touch!

    - Kathryn

  5. I was just drinking some strawberry lemonade and pop rocks would have made it way more fun, will have to pick these up for a treat for next week.

    - Ronda

  6. pop rocks!! those things used to hurt me as they went down my throat..they’d pop as they go down haha but i still loved them! these drink sound and look so lovely. i seriously want some right now..i love strawberry & lemonade in the summertime!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  7. How refreshing! And that pop rocks touch is genius!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  8. I had completely forgotten about pop rocks until I saw your post in Instagram. LOVE these!

    - Cassie

  9. Uh muh guh. I want!

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  10. What a fun drink!! Pop Rocks never get old :)

    - shelly (cookies and cups)

  11. That does sound really good!

    I’ve seen quite a few things using pop rocks lately. Usually as a *garnish* but one cupcake recipe actually had the pop rocks baked in!

    - The Witch's Kitchen

  12. This is so fun! Love the pop rocks!

    - Rachel Cooks