Making lemonade

A glass of freshly squeezed lemonade is one of summer’s culinary hallmarks. 

Unfortunately, ordering said glass at a restaurant can send you into a sugar coma. Most lemonades are sickeningly sweet, masking the true star of the classic beverage: tart lemons

As summer comes to a close, pick up some organic lemons at your local farmers’ market or natural/organic food store, and start squeezing. Cut the sweetener in standard recipes by 50%, and then tweak the drink to please your personal palate. 

For a spicy lemonade cocktail, add today’s secret ingredients: spiced gin and a touch of Dijon mustard. Spiced Lemonade is a refreshing twist on the old favorite and a perfect warm-weather cocktail when topped with fresh citrus slices, a cucumber slice and a sprig of fresh mint. 

All of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store. 

Note: For more unique lemonade recipes, check out our previous posts for Asian Lemonade and Rosemary-Laced Lemonade Tea.

Spiced Lemonade

Makes 1 serving

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup lemonade
1/2 cup spiced gin
1 slice each: lemon, lime and orange
1 slice cucumber
1 sprig fresh mint

  1. Mix mustard, lemonade and gin. Serve over ice cubes in tall glass.
  2. Add fruit and cucumber slices. Top with mint.  

Recipe courtesy of Grey Poupon. Photo: WhitneyinChicago