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.
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
- Mix mustard, lemonade and gin. Serve over ice cubes in tall glass.
- Add fruit and cucumber slices. Top with mint.
Recipe courtesy of Grey Poupon. Photo: WhitneyinChicago