Ginger Lemonade

July 28, 2008

It has been absolutely wonderfully hot here in Minnesota the last couple weeks. After such a long cold Spring, I for one am loving it. Aside from making iced tea to keep cool I have to make Ginger Lemonade at least once during the summer. I’m not sure why I don’t make it more often. I guess I think it takes too long or something but it really doesn’t take all that long, especially if you have an electric citrus juicer.

The following is a recipe I cut out of the local newspaper years ago. I’m not sure what the original source is. The amount of fresh ginger can be altered to your tastes. It has a bit of a bite to it at full strength but I love it! Enjoy!

Ginger Lemonade

6 cups water, divided

1 ¼ cup sugar

¼ cup peeled, grated fresh ginger

1 ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (approx. 6 lg. lemons)

¼ cup fresh lime juice (approx. 1 lime)

Lemon and lime slices for garnishing, optional

Combine 1 cup water, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool.

Strain ginger mixture through a sieve into a pitcher, and discard solids. Add 5 cups water and juices and stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon and/or lime slices. Makes 8 servings.

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