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4 Ways to put a twist into your lemonade

Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New ...

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Sipping lemonade on the front porch is an old-fashioned tradition. It's time to take that tradition and give it a twist!
Strawberry lemonade in mason jar

Summer is almost here and that means it's time for lemonade. There is nothing wrong with traditional lemonade, but it's fun to jazz up the traditional and turn it into something spectacular! That is exactly what we are going to show you how to do! We will be showing you four fun ways to turn your lemonade into the drink you will be craving all summer long!

Fruity lemonade

In the summer there is an abundance of sweet fresh fruit. Why not add some to your lemonade? Some of the best fruits to add are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. If you don't want to add whole fruit, you can always puree it and add a few tablespoons of the fruit puree to your fresh lemonade.

Strawberry lemonade recipe

Yields 1 pitcher lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 pint strawberries (pureed)
  • 4-5 cups cold water

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan add the sugar and one cup water and bring to a boil. You are making simple syrup.
  2. Boil on high for a couple of minutes and then allow to cool. Once it's cool add to pitcher.
  3. Add in fresh lemon juice, pureed strawberries and four cups cold water. If lemonade is too strong simply add more water.

Herb lemonade

Fresh herbs are not just for savory dishes. They make a delicious addition to your fresh-squeezed lemonade. Dried lavender adds a nice floral taste and basil pairs nicely with fresh traditional lemonade.

Lavender lemonade recipe

Yields 1 pitcher lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons culinary use dried lavender
  • 1 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 4-5 cups cold water

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan bring one cup water, sugar and lavender to a boil. You are making a lavender simple syrup.
  2. Boil on high for a couple minutes and allow to cool. Strain the lavender simple syrup into a pitcher.
  3. Add lemon juice and four cups of cold water. If you find the lemonade too strong, feel free to add more water.

Adult lemonade

Who says you can't have a little fun with your lemonade? A splash of vodka or bourbon can bring some life to your party! Just remember, this treat is only for the over-21 crowd.

Vodka lemonade recipe

Yields 1 pitcher

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 3-4 cups cold water
  • Vodka

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan add the sugar and one cup water and bring to a boil. You are making simple syrup.
  2. Boil on high for a couple of minutes and then allow to cool. Once it's cool, add to pitcher.
  3. Add fresh lemon juice and three cups cold water. Add vodka to taste. If lemonade is too strong simply add more water.

Frozen lemonade

When the air is warm and summer is in full swing, nothing can keep you cool like a nice frozen lemonade. You could freeze it solid and eat like a delicious sorbet or just add some ice to a blender and turn it into a frosty drink.

Frozen lemonade recipe

Yields 1 blender pitcher

Ingredients:

  • One full batch lemonade (use any of the recipes above or your own homemade favorite)
  • 3 cups ice

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender, add ice and blend until ice is broke up and chunky.
  2. Add lemonade and blend until smooth and frozen.

More summer drinks

Low-carb summer drinks
Sip-worthy summer cocktail recipes
Low-calorie ways to stay hydrated this summer

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