- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup fresh strawberries cleaned with the stems removed and cut in quarters
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1-liter strawberry soda or lemon-lime soda
- 1 1/2 cups strawberry lemonade mix
- 1 cup homemade strawberry syrup
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and sliced in half
- fresh sprigs of mint
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups of your favorite vodka or strawberry-infused vodka, strawberry spritz (made with strawberry and coconut flavors), or strawberry liqueur.
Place a saucepan over med-high heat and add water, sugar, prepared strawberries, and lemon juice.
When the mixture begins to boil, use a fork or potato masher to mash the strawberries to release the juices.
Allow the mixture to boil for an additional minute and remove from heat.
Place a tight-fitting lid onto the saucepan and allow the strawberry syrup to steep for 10 minutes.
Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the syrup into a Mason jar. Store in the fridge for up to three days.
Make the strawberry lemonade by combining the strawberry lemonade mix with the strawberry soda or lemon-lime soda instead of water.
Stir in the homemade strawberry syrup, liquor, fresh strawberries, and fresh sprigs of mint.
Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking.
Pour into glasses filled with ice.
Garnish with fresh strawberries and fresh sprigs of mint.
This is a recipe collected to celebrate Juneteenth. This year, over 70 Black food creatives have to come together to share recipes in a digital cookout, inspired by this holiday and the African diaspora, all to continue their legacy of communion, albeit virtually, and share their history with the world. View more recipes here. Learn more about the importance of Juneteenth and why it matters in this article here.