I used to think I didn’t really like lemonade – until I made it last summer for the first time with actual lemons. I should have started making the real stuff a long time ago, because now I’m completely hooked. There’s simply no substitute for the crisp, tart and sweet flavor of real, homemade lemonade.
This ginger and honey infused recipe yields enough to share with friends and family, but you can easily make the lemonade base and store it in the refrigerator. When the craving hits, just pour a bit of the base in a glass filled with ice, add seltzer and enjoy! Add herbs like basil or mint, fresh fruit or alcohol such as rum or vodka to create endless variations!
[Recipe at the bottom!]
Ginger + Honey Sparkling Lemonade
Yields about 8 servings
2 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ cup honey
1 tbsp minced, peeled fresh ginger
6-8 cups seltzer water*
1. Add lemon juice, sugar, honey and ginger to a small saucepan. Turn on medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved and it comes to a simmer. Turn heat to low and heat for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.
2. Strain the mixture to remove the pieces of ginger. (If you prefer, you can skip this step so the ginger continues to infuse flavor in the lemonade.) Transfer lemonade base to a pitcher or individual glasses filled with ice and top with seltzer. Stir gently. Enjoy!
*You can adjust the amount of seltzer to make the lemonade the strength you prefer. I usually prefer a bit more seltzer, but adjust it to your taste. You can also use regular water for a great tasting, non-carbonated lemonade.
Looking for more summer drink ideas? Try Cranberry-Citrus Mocktails, Caramel Iced Lattes, Mix and Match Drinks with Flavor-Infused Simple Syrups or Orange-Cinnamon Iced Tea.
This post was originally featured by East Coast Creative.