It’s super hot out, like ‘cook an egg out on the sidewalk because you can’ hot. So, what better way to cool off than with a nice glass of lemonade?

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Classic Homemade Lemonade

What can beat a simple glass of homemade lemonade?

Ingredients

12 Lemons (1lb of lemons = 4 lemons)

2 cups of water

1/2 cup of sugar

What to do?

  1. You don’t want grainy lemonade. Nothing spoils a fresh cup of lemonade like a pile undissolved sugar at the bottom. So warm up the water at medium heat and stir in the sugar. When you can’t see any sugar grains at the bottom anymore, you’re good.
  2. For this step, you have to put in some elbow grease and squeeze the juice out of the lemons yourself. Put a strainer over the mouth of the container you’re using to catch the pulp and seeds. Once you’re done, you’ll have some fresh lemon juice. We also recommend getting this $5 lemon press from Amazon to make things easier.
  3. Mix your sugar water and lemon juice together. Add more sugar water or lemon juice to adjust how sweet or tart you want your lemonade to me. Then, just pour over ice and serve.

 

Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Nothing will quench you better than this refreshing blend of sweetness and tartness.

Ingredients

2 cups of blackberries (fresh or frozen)

2 cups of water

1 cup of sugar

A handful of mint leaves (about 15-20)

2 quarts of store bought lemonade OR Classic Homemade Lemonade

What to do?

  1. Shred up your mint leaves
  2. Warm up the water at medium heat and mix in all your berries and (half or all) your shredded mint leaves. Stir.
  3. If you don’t like the idea of consuming the mint leaves, you can leave them unshredded and remove them whole once you’re done making What you want to do is to heat the berries and stir them until they become a syrupy puree.
  4. Blend the syrupy puree until it is smooth.
  5. Mix it with the lemonade. (For a nice ombre, lemonade first, then syrup).
  6. Serve.

Note: If you don’t like blackberries, you can legitimately replace the blackberries in this recipe with other berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc)

 

Virgin Raspberry Lemonade Mojito

You can get fancy here with this elegant, yet simple lemonade concoction!

Ingredients

A handful of mint leaves (15-20 leaves)

3 cup of water

½ cup of sparkling water

2 cup of sugar

2 oz of lime juice

1 cup of raspberries

1.5 cups of store bought lemonade OR Classic Homemade Lemonade

What to do?

  1. You are going to make a raspberry syrup using the first half of the Blackberry Mint Lemonade recipe (found above, but don’t add the mint leaves into the syrup mixture)
  2. Make 1 cup of simple syrup by heating up the water in a pan at medium heat and mixing in the sugar. It’s called simple syrup because it’s just a smooth mixture of water and sugar. It’s better than mixing sugar straight into your drink and having it clump at the bottom.
  3. Mix the mint leaves and ice in a tall glass. Use a blunt object to agitate the mint, so you can get more of the flavor once you pour the liquids in.
  4. Mix together your lemonade, sparkling water, lime juice, and 1-3 oz of the simple syrup. You can add more or less simple syrup if you need to adjust the flavor. Pour it in the glass with the your mint leaves and ice already mixed together.
  5. Add in your raspberry syrup.
  6. Garnish with some raspberries and a mint leaf.
  7. Serve.

Now, chill. Sit back and take a sip of some fresh lemonade. It’s refreshing and hopefully, you’ll be refreshed as well! Stay cool out there!

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Written by: Jessica Tsien

 

Posted by: kapiresidences on July 13, 2018
Posted in: Kapi Blog