You might be reading this post through my blog, or perhaps through the collaboration with Dashing Through Winston-Salem, a fun blog by my friend Christine Storch. Either way, I thought the timing for this edition of Moose Mixology was very timely for the 4th of July week and a fabulous summer of 2014. Enjoy quenching your thirst!
I find there is a lot of truth in the old adage ‘you can’t beat the classics’. After all, classics become classics for a reason. So it is with many recipes and drinks, and todays featured classic is good old fashioned lemonade, a taste of summer in a glass.
So forget the powders, cartons of minute maid, or whatever it is you have bought recently at the store and give this a try. So simple, so pure, and in my opinion the perfect thirst quencher for summer. The recipe below is simple, non-alcoholic lemonade, so a great thing for you and the kiddo’s to do together. My kids new discovery is an Arnold Palmer, half tea and half lemonade, they think they are so cool. However, the library of mixology options for homemade lemonade is mind blowing! If you could see my mind reeling with all of the pairing options for this lemonade- you might get dizzy. Be sure to check out a few of my favorite summer cocktails below the recipe, for those of you wanting to change up your summer cocktail hour in a refreshing new light. Enjoy the best of food and life, and make lemonade when life hands you lemons!
1/2 cup water
1-1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp. grated lemon rinds (about 2 lemons)
1 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (this will take 13-14 lemons)
7 cups ice water
Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in sugar and grated lemon rind, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and water.
**To make limeade substitute limes for lemons. I do orange-ade in a similar way, and if I don’t have enough of one I mix them all together. You can get creative and add fresh herbs or mint, too!
Lemonade Cocktail uses:
~Mix lemonade with nice bourbon and splash of soda…garnish with lemon and or orange slices, serve in fun old fashioned glasses with large ice cubes, the kind grandma used to have.
~Muddle with fresh summertime berries in a glass…mix with your preference of vodka and garnish with fresh mint, poured over lime ice cubes. (Lime ice cubes are easy, just freeze a lime wedge in each ice compartment and pour water on top before freezing.)
~and for you Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka drinkers, real lemonade is a game changer.
Enjoy summer, one sweet glass at a time!