What kind of beverage do you guys think of when summer comes? For me, whenever the heat goes up I crave for a glass of refreshing lemonade. You are probably thinking why is there a need for a whole blog post on the simple drink of water, sugar and lemon juice? Well, the answer is simply because this is not just a blog post on “How to make lemonade”, but a post on how to spice up your lemonade and make it even more delicious both for your eyes and your taste buds.
Everyone probably all knows how to make basic lemonade: take a cup of water, squeeze in some lemon juice, then add sugar and adjust to your preference. My method is basically the same, with just one small addition of making simple syrup, a mixture of water and sugar, and I use that syrup to sweeten the lemonade instead of directly using sugar. The nice thing about using simple syrup in making lemonade is that simple syrup dissolves in water much easier than sugar, so it can be added directly into cold water without fearing that it would be hard to dissolve like sugar.
The ratio for lemonade I use down here is perfect to my preference, but you should adjust it to your own taste. If you are going to serve your lemonade with ice, you should make the lemonade a bit sweet so the ice will water it down to the right level. These recipes will work for key lime as well.
Công thức tiếng Việt: 3 cách pha nước chanh
- 120ml water
- 200g sugar
1. Put water and sugar in a saucepan, set it on high heat, use a spoon to stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
2. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, take off heat, pour it into a container and let cool.
Ginger & mint lemonade
This is the easiest way to spice up your lemonade, because you only have to infuse the simple syrup. The slight heat from the ginger and the refreshing feeling of the mint makes the lemonade really easy and refreshing to drink.
- 80ml lemon juice
- 50ml ginger & mint infused simple syrup (read step 1)
- 300ml water
1. With this ginger & mint lemonade, I added some slice of ginger and a few sprigs of mint when making the simple syrup. When the syrup reaches a boil, I turned off the heat and leave it on the stove until the syrup cools completely, pass it through a sieve, discard the ginger and mint.
2. Mix the lemon juice with water, add the ginger & mint syrup and adjust to your taste.
Cucumber mint lemonade
Cucumber and mint is such a refreshing combination, and they go so well with lemonade as well. A sip of this drink and all the summer heat will be chased away in an instant.
- 80ml lemon juice
- 50ml simple syrup
- 200g cucumber
- 3-4 mint leaves
1. Peel and slice the cucumber, add them in a blender with mint leaves and 2-3 tablespoons of water, blend well. Pass the mixture through a sieve and use a spoon t press out all the juice, discard the pulp.
2. Mix the cucumber mint juice with lemon juice, add water and simple syrup to your taste. I don’t have a fixed amount of water for this recipe because the water amount will depend on the amount of cucumber mint juice.
This is my favourite combination, because not only it is super delicious, but the colour is very pretty as well. A glass of this refreshing pink lemonade will surely make your dinner table that much more bright and adorable
- 80ml lemon juice
- Simple syrup
- 250g watermelon flesh
1. Cut the watermelon into cubes, add in a blender and puree. Pass the puree through a sieve and use a spoon to press out the juice.
2. Mix the watermelon juice with lemon juice, add water and simple syrup to your taste. I don’t have a fixed amount of water and simple syrup for the recipe since these will depend on the amount and the sweetness of the watermelon juice.
Have a nice and refreshing weekend everyone ❤