Hibiscus Lemonade

hibiscus lemonadeOneAs July nears its end, I have to continually remind myself that summer will steadily reach its conclusion. It’s almost in sight, but not yet within reach. Only the strong survive in Phoenix, the rest move to Portland. Hydration is essential for survival.

Thankfully, our resident baker Dana doesn’t draw the line at pies and cakes. She’s an expert onĀ all things sweet and decided to tackle my summer woes with this refreshing Hibiscus Lemonade. Not only is it a delicious summer drink in its own right, but our Hibiscus Lemonade can be mixed with other beverages. The possibilities are endless.hibiscus lemonade3

And didn’t we promise you that we would put that Hibiscus Simple Syrup we made a couple weeks back to good use? We’re making good on that promise right now. Once you have your Hibiscus Simple Syrup, you can whip up this lemonade in no time. Well, the time it takes you to juice a few lemons. A Citrus Juicer or Lemon Juicer can help you along in that regard.

One of the things I like most about this recipe is that you can totally make it your own. Prefer your lemonade extra tart? Ease up on the Hibiscus Simple Syrup. Extra sweet? Go ahead and add the full cup of syrup. Unlike most baking recipes, you’ll find a lot of flexibility in this Hibiscus Lemonade. Have fun with it. Play around and remember to sample!hibiscus lemonade2

 

If you want to get crazy with it, you can use this Hibiscus Lemonade to jazz up drinks at your next summer party. You can create a tasty spritzer for the Under-21 crowd by adding sparkling water or you can use it as a mixer with gin or vodka for the grown-ups.

 

Hibiscus Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup lemon juice (about 6-7 lemons)
  • 4 Cups cold water
  • 1/2 - 1 Cup Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Juice lemons to make 1 cup of juice. You can do this with an electric juicer, or any of the cool manual juicers that are available out there. If you have a super secret citrus juicing method, feel free to use that, too.
  2. In the pitcher of your choice, combine all ingredients. Taste to determine if you'd like it to be sweeter, more tart, etc. Add more water, simple syrup or lemon juice accordingly.
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