It’s easy to take basic lemonade to a whole new level with some quick and easy tweaks. Instead of making a basic simple syrup of 1 part water to 1 part white sugar, try adding some chopped lemongrass and fresh, peeled gingerroot into the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Cool slightly before straining to remove solids. Use the cooled infused syrup to sweeten lemonade to taste.
Homemade lemonade is such a great summertime treat. It’s delicious, refreshing and so easy to make. You can be serving up this “Gourmet” version in no time!
Fun Fact: Speaking of lemongrass, it is very easy to grow from seed and can act as a pretty ornamental in your garden, as well. Because it is from the tropics, it won’t survive cold winters in northern areas. However, it can reach 3-5 feet in height in a single growing season, so be sure to give it ample room to grow.
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice [approximately 4 whole lemons]
- 3 cups cold water
- fresh mint, for garnish
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 3” stalks lemongrass, cut into small chunks
- 3” fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
- To make the ginger simple syrup, add 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan with the chopped lemongrass. The smaller you cut each piece, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture, which will add more flavor to the syrup.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a 32 oz. glass pitcher, add lemon juice and water and stir to combine. Add simple syrup as desired.
- Serve poured over ice with fresh mint for garnish. Offer additional infused simple syrup for those who want a little extra sweetness
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