If you feel like skipping the booze and mint milkshakes this year, but still want to give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, why not make a Green Lemonade! This continues to be my favorite drink. It’s super healthy, filling, thirst quenching and so tasty, and you don’t need a messy juicer to make it!
Here is the original recipe, and I’ve made some updates to the recipe below.
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8-12 oz Water or Coconut Water
1 small-medium Apple, peeled and chopped
1 chunk (about 1/2″) Ginger
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Big bunch of Spinach
About 1/2 cup frozen Pineapple (Trader Joe’s sells frozen chunks)
You can add cucumber, celery, substitute kale, chard, collard greens or romaine lettuce. Hell, throw in some unsweetened coconut, half a banana and make it a smoothie. I’m getting ahead of myself…
Grab your preferred instrument for blending (I used my beloved immersion blender), and rev her up! I love spinach because it pulverizes quite easily. The tougher greens make it more chunky.
We’re having a heat wave in Southern California, I don’t feel like cooking, and it’s finally Friday. So I thought I’d make some thyme infused lemonade to sip on until the evening hour rolls around, and then I look forward to spiking Mr. Lemonade with Ms. Gin. Here’s what I did:
1.5 cups sugar (2 cups if you like it sweet)
1 cup water
About 5-8 sprigs of thyme
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (About 5 lemons)
3.5 cups of cold water
Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add the sugar (if you prefer a sweeter lemonade, combine 2 cups sugar to 1 cup water) and the sprigs of thyme. Allow the thyme and sugar mixture come to a boil, for about 30 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool down.
Squeeze juice of 5 lemons in a lemon juicer (or by hand if you’re up for the challenge – just make sure to keep the seeds out). Combine the lemon juice and 3 1/2 cups water with the thyme-sugar water. Refrigerate.
Once the evening hour rolls around, feel free to spike your lemonade with some gin or vodka, or do as I learned from some dear Canadian friends, make beer lemonade – fill up half a glass of light beer (there are a lot of great Summer brews out right now!) and half of the lemonade. Sit back, and inhale the hot air!