“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
~ from “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (baptized April 26, 1564, died April 23, 1616)

The sky is cloudless and the sun is warm. Poetic, to be sure, with promises of summer. As it happens, a co-worker (thank you, Jacqueline!) brought in some fresh, organic lemons from her father’s trees in Phoenix and their juice was so wonderful, it just begged for lemonade.

Now, if you’ve never tried fresh lemonade, without the heavy sugar or high fructose corn syrup that the commercial varieties include, you’ve never experienced the true refreshment value of the drink.

Here, we use just a touch of sugar along with strawberries to produce a light, natural sweetness, and fizzy water to tickle the tongue. This recipe makes just enough for two drinks, the lowest practical quantity, but making double, triple, etc., is just as easy and takes no more time.

Strawberry Fizzy Lemonade

Serves 2
Time: 10 minutes + time ahead for thawing 4 strawberries

8 large frozen strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)
12 ounces chilled carbonated water (use your SodaStream!)
⅓ cup fresh lemon juice

Up to two days ahead of time:

In a jar or small bowl with cover, sprinkle the sugar on 4 of the strawberries and set aside to thaw completely. Chill your glasses in the freezer, if you wish.

When the berries are thawed, mash the strawberries thoroughly and stir in the lemon juice. Pour through a sieve, pressing the solids to remove as much liquid as possible. Store this syrup, refrigerated, in a tightly covered jar until ready for use.

At serving time:

Place two frozen strawberries into each glass and pour ¼ cup of the strawberry-lemon syrup on top of them. Gently add the fizzy water to fill the glass. No stirring is necessary. If a splash of tequila falls into the glass before the strawberries get there, take our word for it that it does no harm – and perhaps stokes love like a Shakespeare poem!