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Colorado has been hot, hot, hot since before we landed from our trip to Alaska. Cool drinks like this Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade are perfect for this weather.
Now, my boys are all ‘fine’ with the powdered lemonade mix. But, not so for me as I want complete control over my ingredients whenever possible.
Homemade Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade
Homemade lemonade is such a great summertime treat. It’s delicious, refreshing and so easy to make.
With just a couple of ingredients, you can be serving up this “Gourmet” version in no time!
Lemongrass is not something you might have picked up at the store in the past. It is thick and tubular.
The base of this homemade Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade is a simple syrup. This takes a few minutes to prepare on the stove, but is oh so worth it!
If the combination of ginger with lemongrass is not your favorite, play around making the simple syrup with other ingredients even if it is just a regular lemon.
Users of essential oils may like putting a drop or two of lemon essential oil for a true pop.
The finished product is sure to get you rave reviews. Or, maybe you just want to enjoy it yourself.
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice [approximately 4 whole lemons]
- 3 cups cold water
- fresh mint, for garnish
- Simple Syrup:
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 780 Sodium: 30mg Carbohydrates: 201g Sugar: 201g