Flavored Lemonades

Lemonade is the quintessential summer beverage, and it’s hard to find anyone who wouldn’t enjoy an ice cold glass on a hot summer day. To keep us from getting bored with simple lemonade, I love making batches of flavored lemonades to keep in the refrigerator throughout the summer.

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Grapefruit & Mint Lemonade

The combination of grapefruit and mint makes this lemonade extra crisp and refreshing. 1 cup sugar, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, 3/4 cup lemon juice, 6-7 fresh mint leaves. Make a simple syrup by adding sugar and warm water to a saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves. Add the syrup, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, mint leaves, and cold water to a pitcher.

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Raspberry Lemon-Limeade

I love the combination of lime with sparkling water so I decided to make this one a fizzy lemonade. Using fresh raspberries to make a raspberry syrup gives this lemonade a sweet fruity taste. 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup warm water, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1 gallon sparkling water. Heat sugar, warm water, and raspberries in a small saucepan crushing the raspberries with a wooden spoon as it comes to a simmer. Turn off heat and let it cool. In a large pitcher combine the lemon and lime juices, cold water, ice, and raspberry syrup.

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Lavender Lemonade

For this lemonade I infuse the lavender flavor into the syrup which gives it a delicate floral taste. 1 cup sugar, 1 cup warm water, 4 sprigs dry lavender (or 1 tablespoons worth), 1 gallon water, 1 cup lemon juice. Add sugar, warm water, and lavender to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and let syrup cool. Add water, lemon juice, and syrup to a pitcher with ice and a few lemon slices.

 

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