Some home made still lemonde to dip your vodka into
It’s blasted hot. You need something wet, refreshing and very cold. Lemonade for example, potentially with some vodka applied to it. What passes for “lemonade” on supermaket shelves (Sprite, 7up etc.) is basically fizzy-sugary-sweetner-water. It’s OK, but it’s not very refreshing or good for you. It doesn’t taste great mingled with vodka either.
You may think that lemonade is made with magic, that can be bought in cans should you have a Soda Stream machine, but it’s actually quite simple. I don’t necessarily like fizzy stuff anyway, so I prefer my lemonade still, and I like it juicy. If you want it fizzy then substitute water with carbonated water in the following concoction:
- The juice of 7 – 10 lemons
- The zest of 2 of those lemons
- 10 leaves of mint
- 2 – 3 litres of water (from the tap is fine)
- A bunch of caster sugar
- a little finger tip sized chunk of fresh Ginger
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract (not essence!)
Heat the water til it’s hot, but not too hot to dip your finger in or taste, then turn off the heat. Add caster sugar, stirring to dissolve, and keep tasting until its sweet to your taste (bare in mind, the bitterness of the lemon will counteract some of that sweetness, so maybe go a little over). Take the zest and mint and shmoosh it all together making sure you bruise the mint a bit, then stick them in a bit of muslin and tie it into a little bouquet garni-like parcel. Shove it in the water and let it stew and wait for it all to cool down. When it’s cool, remove the muslin parcel and squeeze it out into the mixture. Add the lemon juice to the mixture and you’re there.
You can jazz this up by adding some ginger juice (you’ll need one of those home juicing machines) or a little bit of vanilla extract. Stick in a jug and put it in the fridge to cool down, then serve over ice, drenched in optional vodka (or whatever other poison suits you).
Consume on a hot sunny day, headphones on, listening to Electric Wizard’s Dopethrone.