It feels great to sip some delicious lemonade in the sunny spring weather, but how about using some herbs instead of your traditional recipe for a lovely chilled beverage?
Spring is here and apart from the herbal teas regularly made in this period, I love drinking herbal lemonade. It's the perfect way to quench your thirst and the taste of the herbs can really spice up the flavour of a traditional lemonade. Not to mention that they're simply beautiful and can contribute to a truly festive atmosphere!
Let me show you the best recipes:
For the syrup:
1 small cup of honey / or your sweetener of choice
1 cup of water
6 springs of thyme
Use 1.5 cups of lemon juice and 5 cups of water for the lemonade.
How to prepare: Heat the water in a pot on medium heat and carefully blend in the honey. Once the honey has melted, add the thyme. Cook for 1 minute, cover and remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes before removing the thyme and pouring the syrup into a large jug. Squeeze the lemon juice into the jug and add the water. You can also add ice cubes, lemon slices or a sprig of thyme!
500 ml of water
4 tablespoons of honey
2 filters of peppermint tea
The juice of 2 limes
A handful of fresh peppermint / or 30 ml of peppermint syrup
750 ml of mineral water
4 lime slice
How to prepare: Heat the water, carefully blend in the honey and boil for 1 minute. Douse the tea with the mixture and let set for a few minutes. In the meantime, add the lime juice and the peppermint leaves crushed in a mortar, mix and add to the chilled tea. Pour the lemonade into glasses and add mineral water. Finally, decorate the lemonade with lime slices.
3-4 sprigs of fresh basil
1 cup of honey
1.8 litres of carbonated water
How to prepare:
Boil 300 ml of water and 1 cup of honey, and blend the resulting syrup with the lemon juice and a few sprigs of fresh basil. Add the carbonated water, garnish with lemons and add a leaf of basil to the jug.
I left my favourite for last: this beautiful purple drink, reminiscent of fields of lavender, has a taste that is sure to captivate both body and soul. It also helps you unwind and it's the perfect welcome drink when you have guests over!
1 cup of honey
8 cups of water
2 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers
How to prepare: Boil the water, then add the dried lavender and honey. Mix and let sit for 20 minutes Strain the mixture and pour into a larger container. Add the lemon juice and the rest of the water, then chill the lemonade. You can decorate it with a sprig of lavender or even lavender petals frozen in ice cubes.