These early days of Spring in Brooklyn have my eyes feasting on magnificently blooming tulip & forsythia trees, daffodils and tulips galore;
have my ears filled with the chatter of the sidewalk filled cafes and restaurants;
have my nose twitching from the fragrant lilacs;
have my taste buds craving….LEMONADE.
What is it about lemonade as warm weather arrives? Memories of my lemonade stands from girlhood? Yes definitely. The need for something to drink that is as fresh and young as Spring itself? Yes definitely. It seems to embody all that Spring represents. A tart, fresh, taste bud sensation that makes me want to skip, smell the flowers, walk barefoot in the grass.
I was at Mom’s B&B (The Martyn House) in the N. GA mountains over the weekend where Spring has just begun to make her grand appearance. On a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon, the craving came calling. How could I resist it? I did decide to stir it up a little differently. Sometimes even a classic can use a new “spring” in its step.
The Recipe : Ginger Honey Lemonade
*I decided to use candied ginger for the simple syrup instead of fresh ginger. It added another layer of sweetness and as you drank it, you got little bits of the ginger on your tongue. Magnifique.
1/2 Cup Candied Ginger, finely chopped
1/4 Cup Local Honey (I prefer the wildflower honey)
2 Lemons, quartered
1 Lemon, sliced
In a saucepan boil 2 cups of water. Once boiling add the ginger and cook down to 1/2 the amount of water. Most of the ginger will melt but you should still have some in the pan.
Add the honey and keep over the boil until it melts.
Squeeze the quartered lemons into your serving pitcher and then toss them into the pitcher as well.
Slightly cool the simple syrup and then pour over the lemons. Muddle the mixture. until the flavors have combined. Let sit.
Add cold water to fill the pitcher and let the lemonade sit about 20 minutes for the flavors to infuse the fresh water.
Chill some tall glasses for a few minutes in the freezer. Toss a few lemon rounds into each glass with ice and pour that lemonade!
Find a sunny spot. Put your feet up. Feel the sun on your face. Sip Happy.
On Entertaining: Lemonade makes for a great drink to serve for all your Spring soirees. It is perfect for brunches and lunches and makes a great cocktail by adding vodka. Experiment with the recipe by using different flavored honey, add fresh mint or even fresh lemon balm, thyme or basil.