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Strawberry mint lemonade

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(Read caption) Crushed strawberries, lemon and mint will be sure to quench your thirst and delight your sweet tooth at the same time.

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One of my fondest memories of summer as a child is of sitting in a white wooden booth with my friend, Dawn, drinking strawberry mint lemonade from a tall, cool glass in Misty's – a tiny, crowded restaurant in the middle of the village of Woodstock, N.Y.

The lemonade was sweet and sour (as lemonade tends to be), the strawberry slices were delightfully "pickled" by the lemon and the sugar, and the mint kind of melted to fill in all the flavor spaces left over. We particularly enjoyed this treat after a visit to Big Deep, one of our local swimming holes.

Many years have passed since those halcyon days of youthful summer. Misty quit the restaurant business years ago and now owns a charming shop down the street that sells French antiques and really good chocolates. As I have yet to find another restaurant whose strawberry lemonade can hold a candle to the stuff Misty used to serve, I just make my own!

It's easy. And delicious. And refreshing. And we pregnant ladies need as much of all of those things as we can get, right? Especially when we've brilliantly timed the conception of our second child to ensure that we will be serenely "enjoying" the last month of pregnancy in the blistering heat and stupefying humidity of August.

But I digress. Back to the beverage. Mint is basically a weed (though in a rather ironic twist, the only time I've ever had trouble growing it was when I actually intended to). I think the trick is not to want it and then it flourishes!

Now we've got a bunch that grows wild at the border of our yard and I don't do anything to or for it except pick some when I need it. Which is how I like it.

Strawberries are at their peak of freshness and flavor right now. I used the last of the berries we picked at Story Farm to make this batch of lemonade.


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