Lemonade with Mint, Strawberries, Lime and Honey

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You can rarely find a person who does not like lemonade. Be it in any part of the world, this refreshing beverage made with lemon juice, water and sugar, is a huge hit with all age groups. Kids in the US often put up stalls for lemonade in their neighborhood for some extra pocket-money during summer.

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade is a lemon-flavored drink. In different parts of the world, the name has different meanings. In North America, lemonade is usually made from lemon juice, water, and sugar and is often home-made.  In the United States and Canada, lemonade is a uncarbonated drink made from squeezed lemon juice, water, and sugar. Slices of lemon are sometimes added to a pitcher as a garnish and further source of flavoring.

So when and how lemonade was first made? It is believed that lemons were first discovered in India, Burma and China, and were later made popular in Egypt, Iraq, Persia and other Arab countries, sometime around 700 AD. However, the first mention of lemonade in writing came from Egypt, which is why that country has been given credit for discovering this delicious concoction. It is believed that peasants there used to drink a kind of wine that used honey, dates and lemons. In the thirteenth century, Egyptians not only drank lemonade, but Cairo is also believed to export the stuff at that time. Some sources do not agree with Egypt being the origin of lemonade; they say that this drink is a 16th century French invention.

The lemonade has indeed come a long way since then. Today, you will find three main types of lemonades — clear, fizzy and cloudy. Lemonade in carbonated soda or plain water minus sugar is what is known as clear lemonade, and is very popular in European countries. This is now available with sugar too. The cloudy version is popular in the US, India and Canada, and is made with sugar, lemon and plain water. The soda-based soft drink that is sweet, carbonated and comes with artificial or natural lemon flavor is fizzy lemonade.

I love using fresh fruit to make flavorful summer drinks, this recipe was made with lemons, limes, fresh mint, strawberries and sweetened with honey.   This combination creates very unique zesty and sweet flavor, while strawberries give this lemonade a pretty pink color.

Sources:  History of lemonade.  http://www.historyking.com/miscellaneous/2010/7/History-of-Lemonade.html  Retrieved June 10, 2013

Ingredients:

1/2 Bunch of Mint
2 Limes
2 Lemons
Few fresh Strawberries
1/2 Cup of Honey (or more:)
 

Lemonade ingredients

How to make Lemon/Lime and Mint Lemonade:

1.  Wash and slice up all the strawberries.

Strawberries

2.  Shave the zest off one lime .  I use lemon zest tool to get this job done, it shaves beautiful thin strips of citrus zest.

Lime Zest

3.  Do the same for 1 lemon.

Lemons and Limes

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4.  Use your citrus juicer and squeeze all the juice from 1 1/2 lemons and 1 1/2 lime.

Lemon Juice

5.  Boil about 1/2 cup of water and add to the cup.  Add honey to the other 1/2 a cup.  If you like your lemonade on the sweet side you might want to add 1/2 cup of honey for each bottle.

Honey

6.  Mix your 1/2 of honey with 1/2 cup of hot water.

Mix honey and water

Sweet Honey

7.  Now you can start adding your ingredients to the Jugs.

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8.  Start with adding washed mint on the bottom of your jugs.

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9.  Then add fresh strawberries.

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10.  Continue with adding lemon/lime zest.

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11.  Cut up your other 1/2 of  lemon and  1/2 lime into pieces.  Leave few pieces out for garnish.

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12.  Add your lime and lemon pieces into the Jugs.

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13.  Then add your lemon/lime juice in, followed by your honey/water mixture.

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13. Your lemonade is almost ready, all you have to do is fill it up with water and put in the fridge for few hours to cool.

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14.  This lemonade will have some zesty flavor to it, which will get stronger if it’s not used within a day or two.  If you intend to keep it for few days, I would suggest taking out the fruits in about a day, so this lemonade will stay fresher longer.  I had few inquiries about these Jugs, they are made by Bormioli Rocco and cost under $20 here is the link to them on Amazon.

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After few hours your lemonade should get this nice a peach color because of added strawberries, if you like it sweeter you can always dilute more honey with hot water and add it in or simply add sugar…up to you.  I hope you and your family will enjoy this recipe.  Let me know what you think.

Love,

Natalie

Lemonade with mint, strawberries, lime and honey
 
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Lemonade made with fresh mint, lime and lemon zest, strawberries, sweetened with honey.
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Recipe type: Drinks, Lemonade
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • ½ Bunch of Mint
  • 2 Limes
  • 2 Lemons
  • Few fresh Strawberries
  • ½ Cup of Honey (or more:)
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice up all the strawberries.
  2. Shave the zest off one lemon and a lime.
  3. Use your citrus juicer and squeeze all the juice from 1½ lemons and 1½ lime.
  4. Boil about ½ cup of water and add ½ cup of honey to it. If you like your lemonade on the sweet side you might want to add ½ cup of honey for each bottle.
  5. Start adding your ingredients to the Jug, add mint, followed by strawberries and lemon/lime zest.
  6. Cut up your left over ½ of lemon and ½ lime into pieces. Leave few pieces out for garnish.
  7. Add your lime and lemon pieces into the Jugs.
  8. Then add your lemon/lime juice in, followed by your honey/water mixture.
  9. Your lemonade is almost ready, all you have to do is fill it up with water and put in the fridge for few hours to cool.
  10. This lemonade will have some zesty flavor to it, which will get stronger if it’s not used within a day or two. If you intend to keep it for few days, I would suggest taking out the fruits in about a day, so this lemonade will stay fresher longer.
  11. After few hours your lemonade should get this nice a peach color because of added strawberries, if you like it sweeter you can always dilute more honey with hot water and add it in or simply add sugar…up to you.
  12. Enjoy!

 

 

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