Homemade Lemonade 3-Ways

Summer thirst is real, REAL. Last week I had to get a Slurpee at 8:00am after my AM workout… well I didn’t HAVE to and I regretted it by 10am, but what happened was this… my gym sells a variety of sports drinks at the front door and you can charge them to your account. I was DYING of thirst on my way out of the gym so I tried to buy a Powerade, but I guess the card on my account was expired and I didn’t have my wallet with me so I wasn’t able to buy it. Rather than just go to my car and get my wallet I decided I would just go to CVS or something and get a drink on my way to the office. But the thirst made me a little loopy and I ended up in 7-11 Slurpee in hand by 8:00am…

To be fair I missed out on 7-11 free Slurpee day so I owed it to myself 🙂 Any who… I don’t advise a Slurpee as a breakfast meal replacement, but it’s just been so hot sometimes you need something sweet and refreshing to quench your thirst! I think one of these 3 Homemade Lemonades would be more advisable than a Slurpee, hehe 🙂

 

(Pineapple Mint Lemonade)

I have 3 different lemonade combos for you today! They all use the same homemade lemonade base made with lemon juice, lemon zest, water and sugar. To this base a fruit or vegetable and a complimentary herb are added — Pineapple Mint, Grapefruit Rosemary and Cucumber Basil 🙂

(Grapefruit Rosemary Lemonade)

They are all light, refreshing and delicious! At first I thought the Cucumber Basil was my favorite, but as time went on and the flavors got stronger I’d have to say Pineapple Mint was the winner for me! (which, if you know me, is probably not at all surprising 🙂 )

(Cucumber Basil Lemonade)

I like keeping them on hand to add a sweet splash to a glass of water or seltzer. They would also be a great party drink for your next summer BBQ, brunch or get together!

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Homemade Lemonade 3-Ways


  • Author: Chocolate Covered Cheetah
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Ingredients

Lemonade Base

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 68 lemons (1 cup fresh squeezed juice)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup white sugar

Cucumber Basil Lemonade

  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 4 basil leaves

Grapefruit Rosemary Lemonade

  • Juice of 2 large grapefruits (1 cup fresh squeezed juice)
  • 45 sprigs rosemary

Pineapple Mint Lemonade

  • 1 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 45 mint leaves

Instructions

Lemonade Base

  1. Zest 1 lemon into a large pitcher
  2. Juice lemons, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the pitcher
  3. Add 5 cups water
  4. Add 1 cup white sugar, stir until dissolved

Cucumber Basil Lemonade

  1. Add cucumber and basil to bowl of a food processor
  2. Pulse until cucumber and basil are chopped small
  3. Add cucumber basil to lemonade base
  4. *For best results refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving over ice

Grapefruit Rosemary Lemonade

  1. Add grapefruit juice and rosemary sprigs to lemonade base
  2. *For best results refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving over ice

Pineapple Mint Lemonade

  1. Add pineapple and mint leaves to the bowl of a food processor
  2. Puree on high
  3. Add pineapple mint puree to lemonade base
  4. *For best results refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving over ice

Notes

*If you do not like pieces of fruit/herbs in your drink, strain after allowing flavors to infuse at least 4 hours

 

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