The homemade version, of course.
We discovered McDonald's frozen strawberry lemonade a few weeks back and both my husband and I have been completely hooked. I mean, have you tried those things?! Lemonade perfection! I'm normally not a big McDonald's fan, but they really scored big with this one in my book.
But, of course, heavenly lemonade doesn't come free. $1.80 (for a small) doesn't sound like much, but like I said...we've kind of been hooked and our "lemonade trips" have started to add up. So I set out to discover if a homemade version really could measure up. I basically followed this recipe, with a few changes. The Smuckers strawberry sauce I got ended up being chunky. I'm not the type who likes big chunks in my drink (and the McD's version definitely doesn't have chunks), so I adapted by throwing a few spoonfuls in the food processor and blending it. PERFECT strawberry smoothness.
I don't usually take pictures of my ingredients, but in this case I thought it might be helpful to see exactly what brands I used:
Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
3 cups Tropicana's Simply Lemonade (or make your own!)
3-4 heaping Tbsp. Smuckers strawberry topping, pureed in food processor
Pour lemonade in an ice cream maker and pack with rock salt/ice according to manufacturer's directions. Allow to run for 15-20 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.
To assemble, pour 1-2 tablespoons of strawberry sauce in bottom of each cup. Add frozen lemonade on top. Serve.