When Life Hands You Lemons…Make Lemonade!

20 Jul

Nothing beats the summer heat better than a tall glass of lemonade. While searching for the perfect recipe I came across three unique blends to help quench your thirst.

Serving Suggestion:
Try serving the lemonade in a glass decanter with slices of lemon or individually in mason jars or tall thin glasses with bright straws.


Lavender Lemonade

* 2 cups sugar
* 5 sprigs lavender (stems and buds), plus additional for garnish
* 2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 lemons)
* 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)

Directions:

In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to a boil. Remove from heat; add 7 lavender sprigs and lemon and lime juices. Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve on ice, with additional lavender for garnish.

{Recipe: Sunday-Suppers.com}

Cucumber Lemonade

* 1 large cucumber
* 1 cups lemon juice
* 1 cups sugar
* at least 4 cups cold water
* optional: grenadine

Directions
Make simple syrup: Put 1 c water and sugar into a saucepan and heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and chill in the fridge.

Combine Lemon juice, 1 c simple syrup, and cucumber in a blender. Blend until cucumber is fully broken down.

Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Pour into a pitcher and dilute with water until it reaches your desired strength

To serve: pour over ice into tall glasses. If desired, pour grenadine down the side of the glass, where it will layer nicely on the bottom.

{Recipe: Crying-Onion.com}

Mint Lemonade:

* 1/4 cup sugar for simple syrup
* Ice cubes
* 1 2/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons julienned mint, plus leaves for garnish
* 1 lemon, sliced 1/4-inch thick, plus more for garnish

Directions
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1/4 cup water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Let stand until completely cool.

In a large pitcher half-filled with ice, add 2 cups water, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Serve over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices.

{Recipe: marthastewart.com}

Have some leftover lemons?

Quick Metabolism Boost:
According to nutritionist Mary Meyer’s article on realself.com, drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning can help your digestive system and naturally flush out toxins from your body.

* 1 cup of warm water
* fresh lemon juice

I’ve been drinking the lemon juice concoction for the past two days. I plan on trying this for at least 2 weeks. I cut one lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a cup of warm water. It’s not the best tasting drink but I am curious to see if I’ll feel a difference.

Inexpensive Centerpiece:
Make a simple and inexpensive centerpiece by adding whole lemons to a clear tall vase. No watering necessary and they’ll last longer than flowers!

enjoy!

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