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Monday, July 18, 2011

Ginger Lemonade

Summertime just seems to make you think of fresh lemonade. I've seen around lately that the thing to do is add something else to it, like strawberries or raspberries. So many things go so well with lemon, it is sometimes hard to choose. Mint is something you might find you have a lot of this time of year. I have mine in a container, but it just doesn't seem to go wild like it does up north. It gives me just enough for my needs though.

I used up all my fresh lemons, this year I had a small crop but I did get to freeze the extra. You can use store bought ones :D I have been into ginger lately so that is what I have added this time, besides my daughter loves this and keeps asking for it. That's okay I love the ginger-lemon combo!
All the ingredients are adjustable per your taste. I like it a little tart...but I think you'll the idea...




Ingredients:

2 cups water
1/3-1/2 cup raw local honey or organic sugar (or any sweetener you choose)
3-4 slices of fresh ginger (peeled)

Heat in a sauce pan to make the simple syrup and the sugar/honey is dissolved have the ginger steep a little...let cool.

Add to 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 1 1/2 cups of cold water...mix it all up!


I used a some crystallized ginger for a little garnish, you can use lemons or lime slices. Or if making mint ginger lemonade steep an handful of fresh chopped mint with the ginger...and a little mint for garnish of course!



Or you could add some tea to the mix and have ginger-tea-lemonade!





We went to the farmer's market over the weekend.... I have never seen hairy chayote squash before...








and isn't this the cutest bunch of apple bananas you've ever seen?







Have a happy Mellow Yellow Monday!