Flavored Lemonade

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.

~Katie

What you need:

flavored lemonades

flavored lemonades

Ingredients

  • 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!)
    • blueberries
    • blackberries
    • strawberries
    • peaches (about 2 fresh)
    • kiwi (about 6)
    • watermelon
    • mangoes (about 2)
    • ginger (2″ knob)
    • mint (handful leaves)

Equipment

  • microwaveable glass measuring cups
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large pitcher
  • ice (for serving)
  • strainer, optional

 

Time: Twenty minutes, plus chilling time.

Freezeable: No.

Serves: 16-32

Multiplying the recipe: Yes, if you have a big enough container!

Flavored Lemonade:

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.

flavored lemonades

flavored lemonades

 

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About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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