Honey Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, you should probably make some lemonade.  This morning, I stood staring at the abundance of ripened lemons sitting on my counter.  We’ve been hit with a heat wave so severe that it is simply too hot to do anything, let alone stand in the kitchen and flip a steak.  The thought of returning home after a long day at work, cooling down with a glass of iced lemonade, is pretty enticing to say the least.

I used honey as a sweetener because I really love its floral taste.  If you don’t have any on hand, you can always go the traditional route and use simple syrup.  Can we talk about alcohol for a minute?  For a boozy kick, you can add a splash (or three) of vodka.  Or tequila if you’re me.  And maybe club soda instead of the water.  It’s just as delicious sans alcohol.  Completely up to you and your mood at 6pm.

So when life gives you too many lemons, make some lemonade!

Honey Lemonade
(makes 4 cups)

2/3 cup of lemon juice
3 cups water
1/3 cup honey
Few lemon slices, for garnish

Juice lemons and remove any seeds from juice.  Dissolve honey into 1/2 cup of warm water.  Add lemon juice, water-honey mixture, and the remaining 2 1/2 cup of water to a glass pitcher and stir to combine.  Chill and serve over ice.

*Rolling the lemon on the counter before cutting it open helps release the juices.

*Make sure the water you dissolve the honey in is warm.  I read somewhere that said boiling water can destroy the nutritional properties of the honey.

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