strawberry lemonade, California, beverages


Warm Wishes from Huckleberry Hill! This is a favorite previous post inspired by my first book, The Wild Buck. I hope that you enjoy this selection, inspiring you to enjoy an antipasti plate on a warm summer evening. Enjoy!

Stay safe. Huckleberry Hugs, XO Maxine

-Strawberry Lemonade-

-Cooking on Huckleberry Hill-

From The Wild Buck, by Maxine Carlson.

Have fun making this refreshing beverage, perfect for a beach picnic.

  • Ingredients:

2 tablespoons plus 1 cup white sugar

7 cups water, divided

1 cup white sugar

1 3/4 cups fresh lemon juice

Place strawberries in a blender; top with 2 tablespoons sugar.

Pour 1 cup water over sugared strawberries. Blend until strawberry chunks transform into juice.

Combine strawberry juice, 6 cups water, 1 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a large pitcher; mix well.

Enjoy chilled!

-Nonna Frances Davi Cardinalli-

Nonna loved taking care of us! She inspired my sister and I in countless ways. Wild strawberries are celebrated in June in a small village outside of Rome each summer. We also celebrate strawberry season in California. A favorite family activity is picking strawberries each summer in Watsonville, California.


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I featured the strawberry lemonade recipe in my Huckleberry Hill Adventure, Book One; ‘The Wild Buck’ as it is a perfect California-Italian beverage! What are your favorite ‘old school’ beverages? Would love for you to share! Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (AKA “Molly”)


Love Italian Pride:

Drew McSherry brought my book to life through his wonderful illustrations. Do you recall using this type of thermos as a child? In the book, Molly and Fern have it filled with strawberry lemonade. Later, they use the thermos to collect wild huckleberries! Fun!

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