Lemonade is a classic analeptic for any scorching summer affair. Many enjoy lemonade as is, while other prefer to add ingredients like mint and cucumber - my mother's favourite combination. I prefer mine with a blend of Hawaiian Noni, sparkling water and lavender honey.
If this sounds like paradise in a glass, follow the recipe below.
+ 5 fresh-squeezed lemons
+ 3 cups water
+ 2 cups sparkling water
+ 1/2 - 1 cup Lavender honey
+ 1/2 granulated sugar
+ 1 packet of Hawaiian Noni
+ Ice Cubes
+ Boil the 5 cups of water.
+ Stir in granulated sugar - the amount largely depends on how sweet you want to make it.
+ Allow it to cool down a bit then whisk in the lavender honey until it dissolves.
+ Pour in the fresh-squeezed lemon juice, followed by the sparkling water.
+ Now, "get that ice or else no dice." (put the ice into the pitcher).
+ Finish your performance with one last flick of the whisk.
+ Optional: plop a mint on top, and you'll be finito.
Why Fresh-squeezed Lemons?
Fresh-squeezed lemon juice remains undefeated in terms of taste, but if you must use bottled lemon juice, I recommend a good quality brand like Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice. "Once any kind of [bottled] citrus juice comes in contact with oxygen, it starts losing its flavor and gets more acidic, which means it doesn't taste quite as lemony as fresh would. And many commercial brands contain controversial additives." says Lynn Andriani, Oprah.com. So if life gives you lemons, fresh-squeeze them for your lemonade.
Lemonade would be pretty sour without a sweet companion. I've substituted granulated sugar with the lovely Savannah Bee's Honey for this recipe. Savannah Bee is considered one of the most beloved artisanal honey companies out there.
I had the pleasure of tasting it for the first time during my studies in Georgia. Is there a more spectacular way to say 'wow'? The variances in honey are the results of the nectars that bees collect from different types of flowers. For example, the nectar from orange blossom flowers produces orange blossom-flavoured honey, while rosemary plants gives us rosemary, honey.
Hawaiian Noni, also known as Indian Mulberry, Hog Apple (and at least 20 other names across the globe), is a fruit widely cultivated throughout tropical regions like South Asia, the Pacific Islands, India and Australia. It was traditionally used as yellow dye as well as a a skin remedy. Today, it is consumed for its incredible medicinal properties.
Our Hawaiian Noni blend includes papaya, aloe, and blackberries. You can find plain Noni juice at an organic food store, but if you're interested in a delightful tropical infusion, you can purchase it here.
If you're an avid fizzy drinker or want a healthier alternative to sodas, sparkling water is a great option. You can always replace this ingredient with flat water if carbonated beverages aren't your thing.
Plain water will work, but you can spruce it up by adding mint to your ice cube tray.
Enjoy and please let me know if you've tried this recipe for yourself or anyone else. You can find me here @thematchasita on Instagram. Ciao!