Artisan Cuisine: Fruit lemonade an alternative to all that soda

Triplicate Staff

Weekend activities are going to include plenty of cold beverages this summer. Why not ditch the sodas and get creative with some gourmet lemonade?

Who doesn't love going to a restaurant and being able to order a strawberry lemonade or maybe a watermelon lemonade? Well, they're even better at home with real lemon juice and freshly pureed fruit.

Serve them in glasses (or mason jars for a country feel) and keep them cold with frozen fruit instead of ice cubes.

Fruit Lemonade

andbull; (you choose the fruit)

andbull; 1/2 cup lemon juice

andbull; 1 cup sugar (or 3/4 cup honey)

andbull; 1 cup water

andbull; 2 cups fresh fruit, pureed (strained to remove seeds and chunks)

andbull; 3-4 cups cold water and ice or frozen fruit

Heat the sugar and 1 cup of water together in a pot until it starts to

boil. Let cool and use to sweeten the lemonade. You may want to double

this and have it on hand.

Squeeze several lemons to get enough lemon juice and add to a jug.

Next, take whatever fruit you are flavoring your lemonade with and puree

it in a food processor or blender. Strain the puree to remove seeds and

add this to the jug.

Now add water and sweetener until it's exactly how you like it. Add

ice or frozen fruit to serve.

Here are some of the endless combinations you can offer:

Watermelon, strawberry, blueberry, cranberry (add cranberry juice and

frozen cranberries), kiwi, mango, peach, raspberry and blackberry.

To make it even more interesting, chiffonade some basil and add it

right to your lemonade for a hint of basil. You can adjust the sweetness

to make it work better for mixed drinks as well.

To serve them in mason jars, punch a hole in wax paper for the straw.

Tighten the ring and insert straw for a homemade to-go cup. Once you're

done with cute lemonade jars you can reuse them for your jam canning.

Anne Boulley is a local chef and culinary instructor with a passion

for artisan foods. Her cooking classes and services are offered via her

website, www.thegourmetguide.com .

Anne Boulley is a local chef and culinary instructor with a passion

for artisan foods. Her cooking classes and services are offered via her

website, www.thegourmetguide.com .

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