Thursday, February 12, 2015

winter lemonade

I typically love winter and cold weather, but this year has been dreary.  I can handle cold and sunny for months on end, but this constant gray?  It's wearing on me; I feel tired and blah.  My solution?  Make some lemonade with a winter twist!  (and getting outside when the weather is nice like it was last weekend!)

winter lemonade
 {winter lemonade}

winter lemonade
 {Because of the honey and spices, this lemonade is not as clear as the original lemonade}

One year ago:  Caribbean beef stew

winter lemonade

makes 5 quarts

1 cup fresh lemon juice
4 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup honey (local)
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (or use 2 whole cloves)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
  1. In a medium saucepan combine lemon juice, half of the water, honey, ginger, and spices. Bring to a simmer, stir until honey is dissolved, and remove from heat.
  2. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Add the remaining water.
  4. Refrigerate until chilled through. 
  5. Serve over ice! Enjoy!
This lemonade is secretly working to heat your insides up courtesy of the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves while the lemon and honey should help that sore throat from breathing dry air. Add a pretty straw and watch the smiles come!

How are you combating this gray winter?

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