If you couldn’t tell from my past several posts, I’m freaking obsessed with summer. And with that comes one of my favorite summer refreshments, lemonade. No, I’m not talking about Beyonce’s new album although it’s equally as good as the recipe I’m about to share with ya’ll today. Lemonade sometimes isn’t the healthiest thing for you as we tend to grab the probably expired, over-dosed with sugar, option, Minute Maid, but that’s why I’m here. I’m here to tell you to STOP, DROP (the Minute Maid), and ROLL your way over to the healthier DETOXING option that’s not only 10380420x better for you but also tastes awesome since it’s spiked with some spice. So let’s get into it.
T H E R E C I P E
You can go for the manual option by squeezing the juice from 2-3 lemons out into a cup but I’m lazy (or minimalistic, you tell me), so I just squirt about 2 teaspoons of this organic and natural lemon juice. I prefer to save my arm workouts for the gym, not so much for squeezing lemons.
Any natural sweetener will do really, you can use maple syrup too (as long as it’s raw!!) but stray away from honey as it doesn’t mix well with the liquids. Also, the honey totally takes the flavor away from the lemonade so stick to either agave nectar or maple syrup. Add in however much you want your lemonade to be sweet. Personally about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons is good enough for me. Personal preference.
Just pour that sucker right in. Obviously, the more water you put in, the more lemonade you’re making and the morediluted the lemon and agave nectar will be so keep that in mind.
And this is the star of the show, essentially what makes it spicy. Duh, Brenda. It has pepper written all over it! You want to make sure you can take the amount of spice you’re putting in. I can take really spicy pretty well so I like to go in with a bit of cayenne pepper but if you can’t then lighten up the load. Also, make sure you’re putting in a little at a time and not dumping it all in so you can make adjustments if needed.
Voila! Easy, spicy lemonade right at your disposal.