I like lemonade, but sometimes I find it hard to get excited about making a pitcher of plain old lemonade. When that happens, I switch things up. Flavored lemonade is a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage that your whole family will enjoy. And best of all, the options are endless. I’ve given you suggestions for possible additions below; but feel free to combine two or more additions to make your own unique drink.
What you need:
- 1 c. water
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/8 t. salt
- 1 c. + 1 T. lemon juice, fresh or bottled
- 10-12 c. cold water
- 1 c. fruit, fresh or frozen:
- raspberries (for homemade pink lemonade!)
- peaches (about 2 fresh)
- kiwi (about 6)
- mangoes (about 2)
- ginger (2″ knob)
- mint (handful leaves)
- microwaveable glass measuring cups
- measuring cups and spoons
- large pitcher
- ice (for serving)
- strainer, optional
Time: Twenty minutes, plus chilling time.
Multiplying the recipe: Yes, if you have a big enough container!
In a 4-cup glass measuring cup, make a simple syrup: Mix the 1 c. water, sugar, and salt. If using herbs or seasonings, such as ginger or mint, mix them in now. Microwave for 3-5 minutes, until boiling. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cool.
Combine the simple syrup with the lemon juice in the serving pitcher. Puree the additional fruit and add to the pitcher. Add 10-12 c. water (to your taste – start at the low end, and add about 1/4 of water at a time until it’s just right). Stir. Chill before serving over ice.
Note that I have chosen not to strain out any of the lemon pulp or (tiny) fruit seeds, but you’re welcome to do so if you prefer less of a “rustic” drink. Either way, be sure to shake or stir the pitcher well before pouring a drink, as the sediment will settle.