We’re currently in a heat wave over here in New York and let me tell you, the only thing that gets me through these hazy hot days are the cold drinks. While I definitely won’t say no to anything with ice cubes when it’s 90 plus degrees, there is one drink that holds a special place in my heart. What drink is that you ask? Lemonade, of course! Whether you’re hosting a lemonade stand on your block, making a punch bowl for a BBQ or just whipping some up to accompany your dinner—here are some fun recipes for you to try out next time you have some lemons handy!
I find the most refreshing fruit to be watermelon, so why have I never made a watermelon lemonade before? It’s as simple as combining your homemade lemonade with watermelon juice and that’s that! Add cut up pieces of watermelon and lemon peels to your combo and you’ll be good to go! This pink lemonade will be unlike any that you have had before! The watermelon adds the perfect amount of sweetness to tone down those tart lemons.
Coconut Lavender Lemonade
Looking for something tropical, herbal and sweet? Then this is the recipe for you! Start by making yourself a lavender simple syrup by easily combining sugar, water and dried lavender and bringing it to a boil. Let the mixture steep for 20 minutes and then strain the lavender out. Look at that, you have your own simple syrup! Then mix your lemon juice, sugar, coconut water and water together until all of the sugar is dissolved. After, just add your lavender simple syrup and refrigerate and you’re ready to go!
Green Tea Lemonade
This is the perfect beverage to cool you down, calm you down and keep you hydrated and refreshed! It’s also nice because you can easily make a single serving so not too much effort is required. Go about making a cup of green tea as you normally would and after add fresh squeezed lemon juice and what ever type of sweetener you’d like (we’re very curious about how the honey would be in this!) Pour your freshly brewed tea and lemon combo over ice and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
If you’re somebody who is partial to the taste of ginger, then shame on you for not trying this already! It’s a very easy lemonade recipe with the addition of homemade ginger simple syrup. Just boil ginger, water and sugar together and let steep and you’ll be ready to add some flavor to your summer drink. To me, this sounds like the perfect cocktail opportunity and the creators of the recipe do too! Want to spike your drink? Add some bourbon and a fresh rosemary sprig to impress (and maybe surprise) your friends!
Ok, we’re not tricking you we promise! This drink is called lemonade, but actually contains zero lemons. Instead we’re working with limes here. All you need is water, sugar, limes and condensed milk. Intrigued yet? I bet you are! Mix your sugar and water together and put it in a blender along with your limes and pulse away. After you’re done pulsing, you’ll want to strain the mixture to get rid of any pulp. Then simply mix in your condensed milk and serve over ice! Also- feel free to add slices of lime to make it look even more festive!
Need a pitcher for your next batch of lemonade? Here are some of our favorites!
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