Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ginger-Cider Lemonade

There's probably 100 different ways to make lemonade, but I think this one is particulary unique and refreshing.



This one is stored in my special "keeper" recipe box clear back from my college days. One of my (many) long-lost roommates, Angie, made it fairly regularly, and from the first taste I knew I NEEDED that recipe. (Angie, if you're out there, how the heck are ya?) And I'm sure I'll be making it until the day I die (which, hopefully isn't for a VERY long time).

The ingredients are simple and while it takes a certain amount of time to make, it takes hardly any effort. It's the type of recipe where you can throw the ingredients together and let it sit around until you are ready to do something with it. Perfect for me these days.

Today I threw it together and had it all ready for my husband when he finished mowing the lawn. He thought I was pretty awesome. :) His smile of appreciation made me think that perhaps I should do a little more doting on him these days....

Ginger-Cider Lemonade

2 c. water
½ c. sugar
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
5 lemons
7 c. apple cider

1. Prepare the ginger by peeling and slicing it thinly.
2. Combine the ginger, water and sugar in a pot and bring it to a boil.
3. Cut the lemons in half and place them in the water. Cover and remove from heat. I always try to get as much of the lemons covered by the sugar-water as possible, but they won’t be completely submerged.
4. Let stand for 30 minutes
5. Squeeze the juice from the lemons into the sugar water (you’ll get good and sticky). If desired, strain.
6. Combine the lemon juice mixture with the apple cider and enjoy.

Note: I always joke that in the summer I serve this over ice and call it Ginger-Cider Lemonade but in the winter, I serve it warm and call it Lemon-Ginger Cider.  It’s great both ways.


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9 comments:

  1. YUMMY!! Still enjoying your blog all the time! Thanks for all the great content! Therefore; I'm awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award! You can see the details at www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com . I chose you and 14 other sites to receive this, after receiving it myself. I hope you accept it! Kristy

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  2. I love ginger drinks and will definitely try this. Yummy!

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  3. now this is unique and flavorful! I love it and pinned the recipe. Feel free to link up to Tea Party Tuesday - this would be perfect to bring to a tea party ha!!! http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-party-tuesday-miracle-makeover-and.html

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  4. What a fascinating recipe - perfect twist on lemonade. Your photos are amazing. Take care.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  5. This looks delicious! It makes such a pretty drink too. I'm pinning this one to try soon. Thanks!

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  6. Hi Jaime,
    This is a fabulous drink that I can't wait to try. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

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  8. Thanks that is going to be great. I messed with mint lemonade this last summer. I ran out of juice so I have to wait for harvest or braek down and pay (booo) for lemons.

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