Homemade lemonade is a wonderful treat on a hot summer day. Today in Texas it is currently 103 degrees. I made this lemonade today and had a big ol’ glass of it.
With just a few ingredients and a short bit of time, you can also serve up this Fancy
Homemade lemonade too. This is a recipe for lemonade with lemongrass and fresh ginger. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I am.
When I was growing up lemonade came from a powder mix. It was perfectly fine and I drank it.
However, these days I prefer something a bit more unique.
When I was at the grocery store the other day, I saw these stalks of what looked like stalks of grass. It turns out it was stalks of lemongrass.
Previously, I had only seen lemon grass is small pieces. I had to get it and so homemade lemonade was born.
About the ingredients
About the lemongrass – If you can’t find any lemongrass at your local grocery store, you can always order some online. You can even find ground lemongrass.
It would do just fine and dandy. The ground lemongrass would be nice because a little will go a long ways and it would last you a long time.
About the ginger – This recipe doesn’t require a lot of fresh ginger but it is important to the flavor. When at the store try and simply buy a piece that is about 4 inches long.
Remember if you have leftover ginger that you can freeze ginger.
About the lemons – The fresh lemons are the most important ingredient in this recipe. The amount of juice that comes from a lemon varies depending upon size.
This is why I highly recommend buying more lemons than you think that you will need.
- ½ c. fresh lemon juice
fresh lemon juice
- 3 c. cold water
- 3 c. ice
- 1 spring fresh mint
- 1 c. water
- ¾ c. white sugar
- 2 3” stalks lemongrass
- 3” fresh ginger
- Prepare ingredients: Juice lemons until you have ¼ cup. Strip the lemongrass and it into small chunks. Peel the ginger and cut it into small chunks.
- Make the simple syrup: Add sugar, lemongrass chunks, fresh ginger chunks, and 1 cup of water to a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Mix the lemonade: In a large pitcher add lemon juice, water and ice. Stir the mixture to combine. Add in simple syrup to taste.
- Enjoy: Serve over ice garnished with fresh mint.
The smaller that you cut each chunk of lemongrass and ginger the better. This will allow for more surface area to be exposed. As a result, the simple syrup will be more flavorful.
You can premake the simple syrup and store it in the fridge for use the next day.
As you serve the lemonade, offer up additional simple syrup for anyone who prefers a sweeter lemonade.
For some reason, I wanted to add a bit of spice to this lemonade. Perhaps next time I make it, I will add tajin. Actually, I will add that directly to my next glass.