●1/2 pound fresh strawberries , stems removed
●1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
●4 1/2-5 cups water , divided
●1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine mesh sieve, if desired, to remove seeds.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together sugar and 2 cups water.
Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Add simple syrup and pureed strawberries and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.
When ready to serve, add 2 ½ cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it’s too sweet. Serve with ice.