Liven up your Summer with Lemonade


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Liven up your Summer with Lemonade

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 6/8/2018
Liven up your Summer with Lemonade
Nothing says summer like sipping a cool, refreshing glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. As a kid, I remember making store bought lemonade with my sister and we’d sit outside with our tray of cookies waiting for our neighbors to stop by our lemonade stand. Now that I am more health-oriented, I’ve decided to opt for homemade lemonade to avoid all of the artificial colors and preservatives. Not to mention when you make it from scratch, it tastes fresh and natural.

Want to add a healthy twist to your favorite summer drink? See the recipes below to kick your lemonade game up a notch. 

Serves 6

Ingredients:
  • 1 c lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 7 strawberries whole
  • 15 leaves basil -or to taste
  • 5 tbs honey or agave (+more to taste)
  • 7 strawberries sliced
  • 3 c Ice + more
  • 5-6 c water flat or sparkling
  • 5 basil blossoms for garnish optional

Instructions:
  • In the bowl of a small food processor or blender, add the lemon juice, 7 whole strawberries and 5 basil leaves. Process until smooth.
  • Transfer the strawberry puree to a pitcher and stir in the honey or agave. Add the filtered or sparkling water and stir to combine. Adjust taste with more honey if you like.
  • Add the sliced strawberries and the remaining basil leaves and refrigerate until ready to serve over lots of ice. 


Serves 3

Ingredients:
  • 1 pineapple chopped into pieces
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions:
  • Place into your blender and blend until smooth!
  • Note: if you like it a little sweeter you can add in a little honey or stevia extract



Ingredients:
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used 3 large lemons, sometimes it takes more lemons if they are smaller or less juicy)
  • 1 teaspoon lavender
  • 6 cups water

Instructions:
  • Place water and sugar in medium saucepan, add lavender and bring to a boil.
  • Turn burner off and let "simple syrup" cool.
  • Squeeze lemons and strain out pits.
  • Pour syrup into a ½ gallon container straining out the lavender, add lemon juice and water, then stir.
  • Serve over ice.
  • If you are serving it in a drink dispenser for a party, you can add fresh lavender on top as it will stay purple in color and look pretty. Add lemon slices if desired.

Serves 6

Ingredients
  • 3 lb oranges juiced
  • 4 lemons juiced
  • 7 c sparkling water chilled
  • 1/4 c wild honey or maple syrup + more to taste
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 4 sprigs of mint or lemon balm
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
  • Squeeze the oranges and lemons and discard the seeds.  In a large pitcher whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice and honey or maple syrup until incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Just before serving, pour in the sparkling water and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings to your taste with more maple syrup or honey. Serve over ice cubes garnished with orange slices, violas and lemon balm or mint leaves.

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