Sweet Nectar

This recipes appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Texoma Living!.

by Barbara Akin

Traditional Fresh- Squeezed Lemonade

– 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
– 1 cup simple syrup*
– 1½ cups water

Combine ingredients and stir to mix completely. Serve over ice with a lemon wheel or a lemon corkscrew.

*Simple syrup is equal parts granulated sugar and water mixed until completely dissolved.

Fresh Fruit Lemonades

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to use the freshest in-season fruits and add them to traditional lemonade for a spectacularly cool and flavorful drink. Simply place the desired fruit in a 14-16 oz. glass. Muddle the fruit (see page 58 for instructions and safety precautions) until well broken up to release all of the flavor. Try not to completely pulverize the fruit. Add ice and fresh-squeezed lemonade and stir to mix in the fruit! You’ll like the taste and the colors created. Experiment with different fruits and proportions to invent your own family faves. Note: All recipes shown are for a single 14 oz. serving in a glass filled with ice.

Strawberry-Guava Lemonade

– 2-3 fresh strawberries (hulls off)
– 1½ oz. guava nectar
– 3 oz. fresh-squeezed lemonade

Kiwi Lemonade

– 3-4 slices kiwi, cubed
– 4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemonade

Triple Berry Lemonade

– 2 fresh blackberries
– 4 fresh blueberries
– 4 fresh raspberries
– 4 oz. fresh squeezed lemonade

Blackberry Lemonade

– 6 fresh blackberries
– 4 oz fresh-squeezed lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

– 5-1-inch cubes of watermelon
– 4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemonade

Triple Citrus

– Juice of ½ orange
– Juice of 1 Key lime (small lime)
– 4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemonade

Fill a 12-14 oz. glass with ice, add fresh-squeezed lemonade. Then, squeeze the fresh orange and lime juice on top. Stir to mix the juices.