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REFRESHING STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

3 cups water
1 1/2 cups Splenda Granulated
8 to 10 lemons (to make 2 cups juice)
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved (or frozen sugar-free, thawed)
1 liter sparkling water
lemon slices for garnish
fresh mint leaves for garnish, if desired

Bring the 3 cups of water and the Splenda to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan.  Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often, until Splenda is completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.  Set aside to cool completely.

Place the strawberries in blender with a half cup of the lemon mixture; blend until pureed.  Strain puree to remove seeds then add the puree to the remaining lemonade mixture.  Stir mixture well to combine.  Refrigerate until serving time.

To serve: Stir in the seltzer and pour lemonade over ice.  Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves, if desired.

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