I have served Strawberry Lemonade for two or three wedding rehearsal dinners. I made up the lemonade and dropped in frozen strawberries to keep the lemonade cool without diluting it. You can also freeze the strawberries in a mold with lemonade to do the same thing. It is so simple and people like to have their own strawberries in their cups.
I buy the lemonade mix at Smart and Final in the gallon size, that makes up 6 gallons and I make 7 gallons with it. I get complements on how refreshing my lemonade tastes because it is not as sweet as full strength. I have an empty gallon jug marked where to fill the concentrate to before adding water for one gallon of lemonade.
Here’s a trick to keep the lemonade cold when serving in the 5 gallon cooler jug (like an Igloo). Freeze a clean gallon milk jug with water. Drop that in the lemonade and keep another milk jug with water in the freezer for when the first one melts, then keep switching them out until the lemonade is gone. The lemonade stays cold and it doesn’t get diluted. And…I don’t outrun my ice maker!
Where we live, it’s nice to have something cold on tap outside. Since we don’t snack between meals and only have water to drink between meals, this is an occasional treat, especially when we have guests. It makes everyone feel special and gets them outside when the temperatures are in the 100′s. We have plenty of shade and water play to keep them cool too. There are just times when they have to go out to play!
Thank you for your ideas!
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