Lemonade

Lemonade

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Makes
1 litre
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Mowie Kay

This recipe works just as well with limes or with a combination of lemons and limes, as limes add a sherbety element to the flavour. This is a quick version as no steeping is necessary. It is lovely garnished with citrus slices, cucumber slices, mint leaves and borage flowers, and is also good with a slug of vodka, gin, or if using limes, rum.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 lemons, (or 6 limes, or 3 lemons and 2 limes)
100-150g caster sugar, to taste
1 litre water, or a mixture of water and sparkling water

Method

  1. Roughly chop the half the citrus and put in a food processor. Finely grate the zest and squeeze the juice of the remaining fruit. Add to the food processor with the sugar (go for the lower quantity if you prefer it sharp, more if you have a sweet tooth) and 240ml of the water and blitz until everything is finely chopped. You should find the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Strain through a sieve into a large jug with plenty of ice, and top with the remaining water or sparkling water. Add more sugar to taste, if needed.

Preserved lemonade

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
see method for ingredients

Method

  1. This is unbelievably refreshing. It is based on a Vietnamese recipe, and you can use any citrus which has been preserved the traditional way – I really love limequats for this, but lemons, limes and sour oranges are all good. It is very simple. Put ¼ preserved lemon or similar in a glass along with some granulated sugar – start with a couple of teaspoons. Muddle it all together to release the juices from the citrus, then top with sparkling water. Taste and adjust the sweetness levels if necessary. Try adding cucumber slices for sharp contrast or add a measure of rum or vodka for something alcoholic.

The quickest version

Ingredients

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Method

  1. This is a very quick and easy drink, found wherever you get fresh limes. Simply take the juice of 2 limes, mix with ½ tsp sugar, slightly more of salt and top with sparkling water. I like to add a dash of bitters as well. I am told it makes a very good hangover cure – as a friend of mine says: “Like your own electrolyte sachet but nicer.”
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