I couldn’t believe it. I posted this month’s create a gluten-free beverage challenge and then realized my husband had mowed down all my mint! Usually he only mows part of it so I still have mint to use while the other grows back. Not this time. It’s all gone!
For me, summertime beverages have to include mint. So, I’ll either be begging some from neighbors or buying it at the store if it doesn’t grow quickly.
In the meantime, I thought I would post this easy lemonade recipe. If you don’t have the time or the lemons to squeeze fresh lemon juice, this recipe uses bottled juice. It’s still much better than going the powdered route. If you keep bottled lemon juice on hand, you can mix up tasty lemonade for your kids and their friends with very little effort.
You can use other sweeteners if you like and vary the amounts of each of the ingredients according to taste. I have used 1/2 c. sugar and 1/2 tsp. powdered stevia or 1/2 c. xylitol. Liquid sweeteners such as honey and agave work well, but their flavor will influence the lemonade.
- 1 cup bottled lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar or other sweetener
- 4 cups water
- Heat 1 cup of water until boiling.
- Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher, stir and chill or serve immediately over ice.