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Those cherry blossoms give it all away. I didn’t take that picture in the summer, but rather late spring. But it was hot. And now it’s feeling like summer all the time. The day I shot these, I wanted something cool and light, and regular lemonade just wouldn’t do. I wanted something a little more sophisticated than that.

I kept remembering back to when I was living in Montreal (when I was a missionary for my church). At this little convenience store, I found these amazing juices. They were combinations like cranberry orange blossom, or strawberry rose—and all sorts of dreamy flavors like that. After leaving that part of the city, though, I never found them again, and have always wanted to recreate them.

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So I got to work in the kitchen. I found a little bottle of rose water I had purchased from our local Indian market ages ago, and added that to a simple syrup. Then I threw in a strawberry or two to give it a pinkish color. I think both just make the drink pretty, don’t you?

Apparently, my daughter and her friend thought so too. When they caught me photographing the pictures, they each took a glass and guzzled them down.

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The cookies in the picture are the little shortbread sandwich cookies I made last year, with the strawberry lemonade curd.

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rose scented lemonade

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 strawberries
2 tablespoons rose water
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
cold water and ice

1. In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Add in the strawberries and boil for 2 minutes. Smash strawberry with a fork to extract color. Strain mixture through a fine sieve. Add in rose water and lemon juice.

2. Place lemon mixture in a pitcher with ice, and about 4 cups of water. Taste for strength.

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