On a blazing summer's day an ice cold and refreshing drink is an absolute must. When I'm not chugging glassfuls of cool water, I reach for a light and fruity beverage to help quench my thirst. If the choice is to be a sweetened drink, lemonade is always at the top of the list.
This lemonade is unlike a traditional recipe because it includes a special little twist, ginger. The spicy root gives the lemonade a touch of heat which combines perfectly with the lemon. Though there is sugar in the recipe (which we all know that too much of isn't good for our bodies) using fresh lemon juice and ginger root gives the drink a nutritional boost unlike just mixing a powdery drink mix with water.
Besides the use of the fresh ingredients, you're going to love the fact that you won't have to turn on the stove, and heat up your kitchen, to prepare a syrup for this ginger lemonade; Just blend, chill, and serve.
During winter you can prepare this lemonade on the stove and serve heated!
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (amount depends on how lemony you like it)
- 1 thumb-sized piece of peeled ginger (roughly chopped)
- 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or honey, stevia, or sweetener of choice; make sure to adjust amount accordingly.)
- 2 litters/8.5 cups filtered water
- Optional Garnish: extra lemon slices and ginger slices
- Juice the lemons, peel and chop the ginger, and have the other ingredients and utensils ready to use. Place the half of the water, all of the freshly squeezed lemon juice and chopped ginger bits into the blender. Blend until the ginger has completely broken down. Next add the sugar and process for a minute just to help break down the sugar or distribute the sweetener.
- Pour the remaining water in the pitcher, then place the fine sieve over it and slowly and gently begin pouring the blended ingredients into the pitcher. Remove the sieve and discard any strained pulp, depending on the quality of your blender you may or may not have pulp to discard. Place the lemonade in the refrigerator until it is cold. When ready to serve, add a few ice cubes to each glass and if you'd like include a slice of lemon and/or ginger in each cup.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||0 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|