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Rosewater Lemonade with Honey

Rosewater Lemonade with Honey

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Need that glass of ice cold something, but don’t know what? Try this elegant twist to a summer fave, lemonade with rosewater.

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Lately I’ve been experimenting with different techniques for sweetening lemonade, plain white sugar is so passé.

So, first I tried roasting the lemons to bring out their natural sweetness as suggested here, but the flavour was not for me. There was something unpleasant on the finish, it tasted a little burnt, and not in a good way. After a few more failed experiments, I tried a honey sweetened lemonade and found myself a winner. To complement the floral notes in the honey I’m adding just a splash of rosewater. It’s subtle but I think I think it brings a lot to the party.

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For maximum yield, microwave each lemon for about 30 seconds and roll it on the countertop pressing down with the palm of your hand before squeezing. Use your hands, a lemon reamer, or the gadget of your choice to juice the lemons. Pick out any seeds and discard them. You can also strain the pulp if you’d prefer, I don’t bother.

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For a little extra pizazz, add a few fresh herbs or edible flowers next time you fill the ice cube tray. There are zillions of Johnny Jump Ups growing in my garden and I’m a food stylist with limited self-control, so there are lots of cheerful purple blooms floating in my cocktails these days. It’s the little things.

Beth Dunham
Course Beverages
Servings 1 large pitcher

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 6 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 9 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosewater*
  • *Most Indian and Middle Eastern speciality shops sell Rosewater or look in the imported food section at your grocery store.

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat warm the honey with 1 cup of the water, stirring until the honey dissolves. You won't need to bring it to a boil, just hot enough to melt the honey.
  • Combine the lemon juice with the remaining 8 cups of water in a large pitcher. Add the honey mixture and rosewater and stir to combine.
  • Serve chilled over ice. Garnish with slices of lemon or strawberry, fresh lemon balm or mint, whatever tickles your fancy.

 

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