This simple homemade ginger lemonade is so refreshing, and perfect for spring and summer!
There are few things I enjoy more this time of year than soaking in the warmth of the sun and watching the trees and flowers bloom.
We have a large deck in our back yard and I love to spend time out there just sitting and taking it all in. Just a few weeks ago it was too cold to sit outside for long, and before I know it it will be too hot to sit out there midday. But for now it’s perfect.
Of course, enjoying the sunshine is so much better with a cool beverage in hand! Right now I’m craving lemonade and last weekend this homemade ginger lemonade really hit the spot.
Though I am quite a ginger fan, I didn’t go overboard with the ginger in this lemonade. It’s just the right amount of sweet and sour, with a little kick.
I kept this pitcher toddler friendly and alcohol-free, but I have been known to add a splash of bourbon or vodka to my glass from time to time. I admit that it only makes it better.
Cheers to spring!
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For the ginger simple syrup:
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (237 ml) water
- 1 medium piece of ginger root, thinly sliced
For the lemonade:
- 1 cup (250 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 cups (about 1 liter) cold water
- Ginger simple syrup
- Lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
- Mint, for garnish (optional)
To make the simple syrup:
- In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Add the ginger. Remove from heat and add sliced ginger. Cool to room temperature, then place in the fridge and chill completely for 1-2 hours. Strain to remove ginger slices.
To assemble the lemonade:
- In a large pitcher combine the lemon juice, water and ginger simple syrup. Add ice cubes, lemon slices and mint. Serve immediately.
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This recipe was originally published March 2015.