2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved (raspberries & blueberries work too!)
2 cups chilled club soda
whole strawberries for garnish
sparkling water, to top up
In a medium saucepan over high heat, make a simple syrup by bringing the water and sugar to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar completely dissolves.
Add the lemon peel and lemon juice; stir and remove from the heat. Let cool completely and strain into a large clean pitcher.
In a blender or food processor, puree the pint of strawberries and add them to the pitcher with the simple syrup & lemon juice. Stir to combine and refrigerate until well chilled.
Top the pitcher up with sparkling water and stir well. Pour over glasses filled with ice and serve with a fresh strawberry for garnish.
For an adult version, this is particularly delicious with a splash of premium vodka or gin.