Nothing says refreshing more than sparkling water and lemonade. This drink is both: equal parts sparkling water and lemonade with a dash of salt.
It’s an all-natural soda with a salty sweet twang to refresh yourself (and use up a mess of lemons while you’re at it). It’s quick and easy to make, and I recommend blending in a bit of ice if you want a sparkling slushy. SO GOOD!
If you’ve had San Pellegrino, this is exactly like that only no natural flavors.
Here in Arizona, we have an abundance of free lemons, but I notice a lot of people don’t use them. I nearly choked when my mom announced out of the blue that she wanted to cut down her lemon tree. I forbade it and pledged to take every last lemon from her tree.
What to do with that lemon tree (and all those *free lemons)
It hurts to see lemons on the ground when they cost 50 cents a piece, especially when lemons are so useful. In the spirit of helping you enjoy that asset, try adding lemon to this warming ginger tea. There’s also:
- This essential lemon sauce will change your cooking life. Try it rubbed on kale for a fresh salad or use it as a finishing sauce for grilled meat and vegetables.
- All the dessert. There’s this lemon custard ice cream, lemon bars, or the angel food cake (try it with a lemon vanilla glaze).
How to Make Refreshing Homemade Lemon Sodas
Nothing about this drink is complicated, but you do need cold sparkling water or a soda stream. I like to carbonate my own water and typically sweeten with raw cane sugar or honey.
You will need to halve about 10 lemons to make 2 drinks. I like to squeeze them over a strainer that’s set over a medium size bowl. Add the pure lemon juice to the blender with between 2-4 tablespoons of sugar. I really love the flavor of raw turbinado cane sugar, and I think it dissolves better than honey.
It may sound strange, but please try this drink salted. Add minimum 1/4 teaspoon salt (I like to really taste the salt, so I recommend tasting and adding more).
Serve the drink right away for maximum fizziness and top with a dash of freshly ground black pepper. Bottoms up!
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