It’s been quite a warm summer for many of us here in the U.S. and with the heat comes the constant craving for a cold and refreshing drink. Whether it’s from your neighbor’s kid’s stand or the concession guy in that huge theme park, it seems like nothing quenches that summer thirst quite like a cold glass of lemonade.
Is it just me or has it been ages since you last saw a neighborhood lemon stand too?
Lemonade is pretty simple to make. All you need is fresh lemons, water, and sugar or your sweetener of choice. Aside from just tasting so darn good, lemon juice comes with a slew of health benefits as well. The ancient Romans even used it as their preferred poison antidote. In other words, they used lemons to save lives. As far as health benefits go, I don’t think it gets much better than that.
Of course, these days, we don’t expect that much from our lemons. We’re pretty happy just letting it sit in a pitcher with its friends. And some ice.
Lemon juice is also high in Vitamin C, which helps your body fight off colds. Due to their ability to induce perspiration (and hence lower your body temperature), lemon balms are often used to break a fever.
Lemons also smell incredibly good, and when paired with equally aromatic herbs in a glass of lemonade, it’s like … like sipping from a babbling brook nestled between rustling trees that perfume a forest with the scent of freshly-picked wildflowers.
(I may or may not have watched Bambi last night.)
Lemonade not only benefits from the addition of herbs but it also plays nice with other fruits, often bringing out the best of their flavors. Lemons make great wing men, and these wing men say that if you’re going to make them pink, it’d be nice if you did it with style.
In true Tasty Kitchen fashion, we can even go all out and push the lemonade envelope. Our members are just so creative with their ideas and their creations never fail to amaze me, like chefjulian’s Mango Lemonade with Coconut Milk and a Green Lemonade from elanaspantry.
And finally, we can’t do a lemonade theme without a little something for the adults. What better way to round this up than with a grown-up version of lemonade from none other than our lovely Jaden? Her Vodka Thyme Lemonade is simple, refreshing, and the perfect way to relax and wind down at the end of a hot summer day.
Just make sure your kids don’t take your pitcher out to their stand by mistake. I don’t want you to find yourself on the other side of a different kind of “lemon law.”
As much as I love lemonade and lemon-infused drinks, I have to admit that my favorite way to eat lemons is peeled, separated into sections, and then dipped in a bit of salt. My favorite use for lemons? I use lemon halves as a scrubber for my pots and pans that have strong food smells.
How about you? Do you like lemons? What’s your favorite way to use them?