I don’t know about you, but I believe there is no more refreshing drink on a hot day than an ice cold glass of lemonade.
Since I have cut white sugar from my diet and have only been using maple syrup or honey as sweeteners I have struggled to find many summer time drinks that fit that requirement. Even fruit juices are loaded with added sugars. I drink a lot of water and tea, but I was craving a good tangy glass of lemonade.
So I did what any good Vermont-raised woman does and made my own! It’s so simple and exactly what I was looking for. Here’s the very simple recipe if you want to try it yourself:
1 part freeze squeezed lemon juice to 4 parts water ~ so if you squeeze 4 fresh lemons you might get 1/2 cup of juice and you would add 2 cups of water to that
Then stir in 2 – 4 TBLS of maple syrup (more or less to taste) ~ if you like a tangy lemonade use less and for a sweeter lemonade use more
Stir or shake vigorously and pour over loads of ice!
See, simple! One other tip – if you don’t like lemon pulp in your lemonade, strain the lemon juice before adding the water and maple syrup.
While writing this post it occurred to me that this lemonade would be mighty tasty if it was poured over fresh frozen strawberries instead of ice cubes.
Or wait! What if I made a slushie out of the lemonade by putting it in the blender with frozen strawberries? Oh yes, I’m going to try that! I’ll let you know.