We have fun adding flavor to beverages and making jellies with the bounty of several potted citrus plants in our backyard. This easy ginger citrus lemonade is a family favorite.
The recipe is moderately sweet; my husband drinks it as is, but I like to pour a few ounces of lemonade over a half-full glass of ice water. However you prefer it, this lemonade is refreshing and delicious.
Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Makes 2-3 liters
1 cup of citrus juice (see note below)
1 cup of unbleached cane sugar, or other sweetener of your choice
2” piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into thin pieces
6-8 cups of water
- Squeeze citrus using a hand or electric press into a glass measuring cup. Pour the juice into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Add sugar and ginger slices and stir until sugar is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes). Set aside to cool.
- In a large pitcher, add 2-4 cups of ice. Discard the ginger slices from the citrus/sugar mixture, then pour the mixture over the ice and stir. Add 6-8 cups of water, or to desired taste. Stir again and enjoy!
*Note: For this recipe I tend to use whatever citrus is ready to pick. In this particular instance, I squeezed about 20 sour calamondin oranges, 1 super juicy lemon, and 3 juicy limes. You can use any fresh squeezed citrus juice, so get creative! If your squeezed citrus doesn’t yield a full cup, just adjust the sweetener so that your juice-to-sugar ratio is 1:1.
This recipe is from Home Chef and OPL Community member Kristina Shane.