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Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade


3 1/2 cups water

1/2 pound rhubarb
trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)

3/4 cup sugar, or to taste

Two 3-inch strips of lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 cup fresh lemon juice


In a saucepan stir together the water,rhubarb,sugar,lemon zest,and the vanilla.

Bring the mixture to a boil,stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

Let it simmer,covered,for 8 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup of the strawberries and boil the mixture, covered, for 2 minutes.

Let the mixture cool and strain it through a coarse sieve set over a pitcher, pressing hard on the solids.

Stir in the remaining 1 cup strawberries and the lemon juice

Garnish with additional lemon zest if desired.