Ginger Lemonade

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It’s summer and it’s time for some BBQ’s, beaches, and cold beverages to cool us off. The past couple of years, I’ve had a bit of a dilemma with those cold beverages. I used to have a diet coke every day of summer, but fortunately I kicked the habit. Yet when the weather is nice and I’m having lunch outside in the sunshine, I get that craving for some bubbly with a little sweetness…and usually it’s too early in the day for Prosecco. Once last year, I just went ahead and ordered a diet coke and I literally couldn’t even drink the stuff. That fake sugar tastes foul to me now. It’s interesting how weird those chemicals taste when you stop eating or drinking them. 

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Anyways, back to my craving. It’s not a soda I want but I do want something more than water. An Arnold Palmer sometimes does the trick, as well as a La Croix bubbly water. But after enjoying a winter filled with lemon ginger hot tea, I figured there had to be a way to transition it to summer living.

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I present, Ginger Lemonade! Make it fizzy or flat, whatever you prefer. Less sweet, more sweet, you decide.

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Both fresh lemon juice and fresh ginger have great health benefits, and satisfy that semi-sweet cold drink craving. Plus, it’s crazy easy to make.

Ginger Lemonade

Fresh lemon juice. 

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Blended with fresh ginger root. 

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Strained. 

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Sweetened, and served. 

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Cheers to summer, friends! 

Ginger Lemonade
Serves 4
A refreshing sweet and spicy cold beverage for a hot summer day. Sweetened with natural sugar.
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup // 250 ml lemon juice, rougly 4 medium lemons
  2. 2 ounces // 60 grams fresh ginger root, peeled (roughly 4 inches // 10 cm)
  3. ¼ cup // 65 mL maple syrup or honey
  4. 4 cups // 1L water (with our without bubbles)
Instructions
  1. Blend the lemon juice and ginger root together. Using a sieve, strain the mixture into a cup or bowl. Add the maple syrup and stir. In a pitcher, mix the water and lemon ginger together. To serve, pour in glasses over ice.
  2. If you would like to use sparkling water, I suggest leaving the two separate until ready to drink so the bubbles don’t get flat. Add a quarter of the mixture with one cup of sparkling water and ice when ready to drink.
Notes
  1. *Add a shot of vodka or gin if you'd like a delicious adult beverage!
Caitlin Ball https://caitlinball.com/

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