There’s something about sitting on the back deck with a glass of fresh, iced cold lemonade on a hot summer day. It’s such a little thing but if feels amazing. Thankfully lemonade is one of those things that amazingly simple to make and costs next to nothing. That’s a win-win situation if you ask me.
Since not everyone can grow their own lemons we have to settle on market bought fruit. I always check and double check for organic produce because, well, chemicals=yuck. I love farmer’s market and specialty stores even if it does cost a little more; It’s worth it in the long run.
Now, this Fresh Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade Recipe has a little twist. The fresh ginger adds a nice complexity and the lemongrass gives it a fresh, earthy feel.
Since the ginger is in the simple syrup you can control how much, or how little you add. I suggest starting off with as little as possible and adding gradually until you find just the right amount.
This lemonade is great for book clubs, high tea, or any social function. Where would you like to serve it?
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice [approximately 4 whole lemons]
- 3 cups cold water
- fresh mint, for garnish
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 3” stalks lemongrass, cut into small chunks
- 3” fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small
- To make the ginger simple syrup, add 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan with the chopped lemongrass.
- The smaller you cut each piece, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture, which will add more flavor to the syrup.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a 32 oz. glass pitcher, add lemon juice and water and stir to combine. Add simple syrup as desired.
- Serve poured over ice with fresh mint for garnish. Offer additional infused simple syrup for those who want a little extra sweetness.