Fermented Lemonade with Strawberry

Fermented Lemonade with Strawberry

This fermented lemonade with strawberry is an amazing summer drink, that is not only delicious but really good for you.  It is a great way to get fermented foods into kids and other people who may be skeptical of it as they will never know they are drinking it.  It is also a great way to get started with fermented foods as it is not sour, bitter or spicy like sauerkraut or kimchi can be.

 

Fermented Lemonade with Strawberry

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Fermented Strawberry Lemonade
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This is an amazing summer drink, that is not only delicious but really good for you.
Ingredients
  • 12 Lemons
  • 1 pound of Strawberries
  • 2½ quarts of Filtered or Spring Water (do not use tap water as the chlorine or other substances could interfere with the fermentation process)
  • ¾ cup of Organic Sugar or Rapadura (like this)
  • 1 cup of whey (to learn how to make whey, click here)
  • 1 gallon glass container
Instructions
  1. Juice the 12 lemons
  2. Clean the strawberries, removing the stems and cutting into 4 pieces
  3. Add the lemon juice, strawberries and sugar to the a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Strain out any large chunks of strawberries.
  6. Place in a one gallon glass container.
  7. Add the whey and the water.
  8. Cover the jar with a dishtowel.
  9. It will take 2-5 days to ferment. (The longer it ferments, the more sugar with be eaten up by the bacteria. I usually ferment it 4-5 days, but it depends on how warm your kitchen is)
  10. You will know it is done when it is bubbly, fizzy, tangy and less sweet.
  11. When it is done, place in smaller containers and move to the refrigerator.

 

Fermented Lemonade with Strawberry

Fermented Lemonade with Strawberry

 

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23 Thoughts on “Fermented Lemonade with Strawberry

  1. Wow beautiful! Pinning:)

  2. Including fermented food in our diet is important. And why not do so with your lemonade? Awesome recipe.

  3. Jennifer Margulis on July 4, 2014 at 6:20 am said:

    Yum! Trying to eat more fermented foods so this recipe is very timely.

  4. I wonder if my strawberry-lemonade loving children would drink this? I need to get more probiotics in them.

    • It tastes pretty good so you shouldn’t have trouble getting kids to drink it. If it isn’t sweet enough when its done fermenting, you can always add a little Stevia. Please let us know how it works out if you try it.

  5. I’ve always wanted to ask, but never have… are fermented juices and things (like kefir) alcoholic? During pregnancy and etc., obviously, I’d like to avoid alcohol. I’ve made and eaten foods like sauerkraut, but I’ve never tried fermented stuff like this, whether or not I’m pregnant.
    Looks good, though!

    • Hi Anni,
      No fermented foods are not alcoholic, unless you ferment them way too long than it can become alcoholic or turn to vinegar. If you follow the directions though, you will be fine. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  6. Yummy. I am definitely going to save this recipe!

  7. This looks great but I would probably adapt it to using water kefir. We can’t do whey additions in this house due to some folks needing to avoid dairy.

    • Hi Jennifer,
      I haven’t tried it but I believe it would work with water kefir grains. I am allergic to cows dairy so I make the whey from goat’s yogurt as I can tolerate that but some people can’t. If you do try it with the water kefir grains, I would love if you could post how it turned out. Thanks.

  8. I have been wanting to learn more about fermenting. This looks like an easy to follow recipe. Would you recommend this for a person fermenting for the first time? It looks delicious!

  9. Are you blending the lemons with the strawberries and sugar or just the ‘lemon juice’?

  10. Kristi on July 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm said:

    When do you add the water? Did I miss that part?

  11. Heidi on July 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm said:

    Hello! Do you have to strain the strawberry chunks out, or could you just leave them in?

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  13. Does the lemonade have any remaining sugar after the ferment? I am avoiding sugar. Can I use honey instead?

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