Ginger Lemonade

This simple homemade ginger lemonade is so refreshing, and perfect for spring and summer!

Refreshing ginger lemonade

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.

Making ginger lemonade

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!

Refreshing ginger lemonade

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Ginger Lemonade

A light and refreshing lemonade with a hint of ginger. This drink is family-friendly, but feel free to add bourbon or vodka to make it an adult beverage.

Ingredients

For the ginger simple syrup:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 1 cup water (237 ml)
  • 1 medium piece of ginger root , thinly sliced

For the lemonade:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (250 ml)
  • 4 cups cold water (about 1 liter)
  • Ginger simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices , for garnish (optional)
  • Mint , for garnish (optional)

Instructions

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 31mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

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This recipe was originally published March 2015.


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