Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sublime Ginger Lemonade

Our home has no air conditioning. Living in the mountains as we do, this generally poses no problem. That said, on especially humid days, or days that incur a good deal of physical labor, or even just days when this preggers lady needs something cold and refreshing and zesty and needs it stat, nothing beats Hubs's Ginger Lemonade. Zippy and zingy and puckery and sweet and perfect in all the right ways, this lemonade puts the kibosh on whatever ails you. From our home to yours, I seriously encourage you to incorporate it into your hot weather beverage repertoire, a.c. or no a.c.

Sublime Ginger Lemonade

The Goods:
-Juice and pulp of 5-6 lemons, with the seeds strained out
-3/4 c. sugar
-1/4 c. sourwood honey (or whatever kind you like)
-1 Tbsp. minced ginger
-Water and ice
-Lemon peel for garnish

The Deal:
-To 4 c. cold water, add the sugar and ginger.
-Microwave on full power for three minutes*.
-Stir, and microwave for two more minutes.
-Remove from microwave, and stir in the honey.
-Let the hot mixture cool for a couple minutes.
-Meanwhile, juice lemons and strain seeds.
-Strain the hot liquid (to remove the ginger) into a large pitcher.
-Add the lemon juice (including the pulp if desired).
-Fill the pitcher about 2/3rds the way up with ice; stir.
-Fill the rest of the way up with cold water; stir.
-Serve with a little curl of lemon peel garnish, if desired.

*Alternatively, you can heat a few cups of water in a teapot, stir in the sugar and honey, and steep the ginger in the mixture for a few minutes.


Janie said...

mmmmmm....So trying this very soon!

equisetaceae said...

I might be confuzzled but you have no lavendar in the ingredients list but in the 1st line you say to put lavendar in the micro. How much??

Conny said...

Sounds delicious!! And the ginger helps with nausea too. :>)

Angel Funk said...

How much lavender? Can't wait to try this!

ashley english said...

good catch, equisetaceae! noted and amended!

folk city said...

I like to make lemonade in the summertime with maple syrup as the sweetener and a pinch of cayenne pepper (powder) for extra zing. This blend is actually something I discovered during a detox/cleansing fast, but it's very refreshing anytime.

EcoGrrl said...

this sounds perfect for serving at summer solstice, thanks! (and maybe with a shot o' vodka...)

Unknown said...

Wow, this sounds amazing! I love your blog and have been finding it quite inspiring.

Unknown said...

mmmmmmm...this sounds delicious, I will definately have to give this a try - thanks for the recipe!

Sense of Home Kitchen said...

This sounds delicious, I love ginger.

Stephanie said...

yum! can't wait to try it. i also work for a natural foods cooperative and would love to share this recipe in our monthly newsletter, if that's ok by you? of course, we would credit you and your delightful blog!

ashley english said...

sure, stephanie. feel free to run it in your newsletter, so long as you give a nod to small measure. thank you for asking! glad you like the recipe. it's totally delicious!

Elizabeth said...

I made this today and it was so, so good! Thanks for posting the recipe.