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How to Create Interesting Lemonades this Summer

Ah, yes! Summer! Hot, sunny days! (at least in some parts of the UK) We do get a fair share of warm summer days even if they never compare with the hot summers we endured while living in Texas. I mean, come on! It was Texas!
Anyway, lemonade and sweet iced tea are staple hot day drinks. I tend to get bored, so I like to add different flavours to my lemons.

So a few of my favourite Lemonades are:

Lavender Lemonade is what purple haze dreams are made of!

For 1 litre of lemonade
Six big sweet lemons
3- 4 teaspoons of agave or honey
900ml of water
Lavender tea OR Monin Lavender Syrup

note: If you make this drink with the lavender syrup you need less agave or honey, and you will end up with a purple drink (it’s lovely!) the one in the photo I made with homemade lavender tea, so it is not purple. 

Squeeze all the lemons, and make sure you don’t have any peeps in the mix. Add cold water, and syrup. Done! That simple! Add mint leaves for an extra bit of flavour.

* How to make lavender tea.
You will need food grade lavender dried flowers. Put two tablespoons of flowers in boiling in hot water for about 5minutes, and leave to simmer. Cool down and add to your lemons.

Passion Fruit Lemonade like an exotic party for your tastebuds

For 1 litre of lemonade
Six big sweet lemons
3- 4 teaspoons of agave or honey
900ml of water
3-4 fresh passion fruits

Squeeze the lemons and set aside. Make sure you don’t have any peeps in there. Cut the passion fruits in half and spoon out the contents into a cheesecloth or very thin muslin bag. Squeeze all the juice out of the passion fruit until you are left with just the little peeps in the cloth. Add the passion fruit juice to the lemon juice, then add cold water and sweetener as desired. Mix well.

You can also add sparkling water to this instead of still water for a bubbly drink, but you have to drink straight away to preserve the bubbles after mixing.

Blueberry Merry Lemonade

For 1 litre of lemonade
Six big sweet lemons
3- 4 teaspoons of agave or honey
900ml of water
a handful (around 100g) of fresh blueberries

Squeeze the lemons and set aside. Make sure you don’t have any peeps in there. Grab a cheesecloth or very thin muslin bag and place it inside a cup or bowl, then put all the blueberries in there and start squeezing gently. Squeeze all the juice out of the blueberries until you are left with just the fruit skin. You should have a purple/rose juice in the cup. Add the blueberry juice to the lemon juice, then add cold water and sweetener as desired. Mix well. Serve chilled over botanical ice*

 

Botanical Ice

You will need
– Edible flowers (rose, lavender, pansies – make sure they are food grade edible flowers and not regular ones. Regular non-edible bulbs might contain pesticides.
– Ice mould (I recommend silicone ones as they are easy to remove)
– Water

Place a few flowers in the mould, add water and freeze! Beautiful botanical ice for your drinks this summer.

 

 

 

When life gives you lemons… make some yummy lemonade! 

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