Whether you are a pro chef or home cook, it’s always good to know a refreshing lemonade recipe. It’s a healthy drink that’ll help you escape from the hot summer air.
How Healthy Are Lemons?
We all know lemons are healthy, but how healthy are they exactly? Let’s find out.
For starters, lemons are a huge source of vitamin C— ascorbic acid. One lemon contains about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the recommended daily intake (RDI). More than just an anti-aging agent for your skin, vitamin C can reduce inflammation, and stress, and lower the risk of having a stroke.
Lemons also contain fair amounts of citric acid, which can potentially prevent kidney stones.
What Should I Sweeten My Lemonade With?
In terms of sweetness, some people say honey is sweeter than sugar, but that depends on the type of honey it is (among the 300 kinds!) To be fair, we’d say they’re all relatively sweet.
In terms of nutrients, while table sugar is nothing but sucrose, honey has trace amounts of enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are small in quantity, but in the long run, they can do you good.
Although honey contains more nutrients than sugar, don’t go crazy on honey just yet. Both sugar and honey contain roughly the same number of calories. If you mind your calorie intake, we suggest you do some measuring and calculating, or simply follow our lemonade recipe.
Making Lemonade Even Better
Lemonade is easy. But why stop there, when there are even more easy and amazing drinks await?
Have a look at these fun ways to take your lemonade to another level.
Lemonade and mint leaves
Looking fly and phenomenally fragrant, mint leaves can make your lemonade more refreshing.
To extract their essence, put a few leaves in your serving glass and crush them slightly, then pour in the iced lemonade (from a pitcher of course) and remove the leaves. Don’t forget to garnish the glass with some new leaves, and a slice or two of lemon.
Lemons with a pink interior are real, but they produce clear juice instead of pink. Pink lemonade is actually lemonade with a splash of red berry juice.
To make pink lemonade, puree some red-colored berries like strawberries or raspberries, and strain to get rid of the seeds and pulp. Then just add the berry sauce to your lemonade. Simple, isn’t it? Not only do berries give the drink a beautiful color, they also add a fair amount of vitamins and minerals to the drink.
- 6 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 cups ice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- Mix warm water, honey, and sugar in a pitcher, until everything dissolves. We use warm water to make dissolving faster, but you can use room-temperature water if you prefer.
- Put the ice in. Pour in the lemon juice.
- Serve. Optional: garnish with some mint leaves.