I’ve only recently been introduced to the refreshing sensation that is homemade lemonade, but oh my goodness now I’ve tried it I shall definitely be making it a whole heap more over the Summer. To me it conjures up images of dungaree wearing American kids selling their homemade lemonade in white paper cups on trestle tables adorned with handcrafted signs. There’s just something so nostalgic and innocent about it.
And it’s actually an incredibly simple drink to make, however traditional lemonade recipes tend to use an awful amount of sugar – well those lemons are sour little blighters – and so I have come up with my own twist which replaces refined white sugar with a healthier alternative in the form of coconut sugar.
Granted, it’s not the prettiest of drinks, coconut sugar is brown so there really is no avoiding the dirty dishwater appearance, but whack in some ice, pour into a pretty glass, pop in a cocktail umbrella and job’s a good ‘un!
This makes a good cooling alternative to hot water and lemon first thing in the morning and once you’ve made it you can keep it in a sealed jug in the fridge for a couple of days.
When life gives you lemons… make mint lemonade!
What’s In It?
- 3 Lemons
- 2 litres of Water
- 5 tbsp Coconut Sugar
- Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves
- Ice Cubes
How Do I Make It?
Top and tail the lemons and then chop into 1/8ths.
Put the chopped lemon, mint leaves, coconut sugar and 500ml of water into a blender and blitz until both the lemon and mint have pulped.
Sieve the mixture into a jug, making sure to press down with a spoon – this will help get as much flavour as possible out of the lemons. Stir in the remaining water and add ice cubes and more coconut sugar to taste.
TOP TIP – If you have a slightly sweeter tooth, feel free to play around with the amount of coconut sugar you use or you could also try honey or maple syrup instead. This recipe also works really well with sparkling water too – just don’t go adding it to the blender or you will really know about it!!
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