Monday, March 30, 2009

Meyer Lemon Lemonade

Nothing says summer like lemonade so why am I writing about it in March? Hate to inform any of my East Coast or Midwest readers but California has been hot lately and yesterday we dusted off the BBQ and pulled the cover off the pool. Personally, I have NO problem starting my summer early this year. I just need to remind myself to wear sunblock. This sunburn is brutal but worth it.

My mom and Mike have 2 Meyer Lemon trees in our yard and when we arrived I noticed the entire thing was loaded with ripe fruit. I grabbed a basket and plucked them one-by-one off the limp branches. First thing that came to mind on that abnormally hot day was to whip up some lemonade. I searched around for a recipe and played around with it a little. The 1/3 cup of sugar didn't sweeten it enough but I didn't want to add more sugar so I added 2 Splenda packets. I also crushed some mint in the glass which added a nice touch.

Meyer Lemon Lemonade

16 lemons, enough to make 2 cups of lemon juice
2 cups water
1/3 cup sugar, or to taste
2 packets Splenda (optional)
1 bunch mint

1. Juice the lemons and combine with water.

2. Add sugar and stir well.

3. Chill well and serve over ice.

If you like, top with sparkling water, or crush a few sprigs of mint and steep them in the lemonade as it chills.



Wendy Roberts said...

this looks amazing - my sister Dana has been OBSESSED with Meyer lemons since we were introduced to them earlier this month by our dad (a major foodie). Would you keep me posted if you get any more ML recipes, please?

Elizabeth said...

Will do. I have another recipe on here for Meyer Lemon Sea Salt. That may be a good one as your sister could put on everything! Look for it.

Wendy Roberts said...

found this - thanks!