Peach Rosemary Lemonade
[1] Peach lemonade: lemonade and peach purée with a fresh peach garnish (photo courtesy Flavor & The Menu).

Mulled Lemonade
[2] Mulled lemonade, with cinnamon, cloves, fresh ginger, orange peel and pink peppercorns. Here’s the recipe from A Spicy Perspective.

Red, White & Blue Lemonade
[3] Blueberry lemonade, with blueberry purée and fresh blueberries. Tip: Freeze the blueberries first, and they’ll keep the drink colder, longer. Here’s the recipe from The Blueberry Council.

Cucumber Lemonade
[4] Cucumber lemonade. Here’s the recipe, from Kimpton Hotels.

[5] Sparkling melon lemonade. Here’s the recipe from Zulka Sugar.


Love lemonade?

Here are some tips from Flavor & The Menu, a website that scouts restaurants nationwide for new ideas (with some of our own ideas for good measure).

Summer is lemonade season. You can create flavored by perusing these tips and adding a second flavor to your lemonade.

You also can do the same with limeade, which for some reason is rarely on the menu. We don’t know why: It’s just as delicious as lemonade.

August 20th is National Lemonade Day, but we didn’t want to wait until then to share these recipe ideas.

Start with fresh-squeezed lemonade. O.K., you can use frozen, but if you want to make lemonade from scratch, here’s how.

You can do it by infusion, or by mixing purées (much faster).

  • Purée the best seasonal fruits to blend with lemonade, and/or add fruit garnishes to the glass. Don’t overlook cucumber lemonade (photo #4—botanically, cucumber is a fruit).
  • Consider puréeing combinations like strawberry-basil, strawberry-cucumber, blackberry-basil, blueberry-mint, mango-raspberry, watermelon-mint and raspberry-lime. Peach-raspberry is another popular combination.

    Sparkling water and soft drinks can create unique takes on lemonade. Use a little or a lot of:

  • Club soda, plain or flavored
  • Lemon or lemon/lime soft drinks
    Two ideas from restaurants:

  • The Twinberry Lemonade Sparkler at Perkins Restaurants: lemonade with blueberries, blackberries and Sprite.
  • Blueberry Limonata at Olive Garden: lemonade with blueberry purée, blueberries and sparkling water.

    We’ve already mentioned basil lemonade, but there are other sweet herbs, plus spices.

  • Sweet herbs: basil, citrus zest, ginger, mint, lemon balm, lemon verbena, rosemary, sage (photo #1)
  • Heat: cayenne, jalapeño

  • At Bantam + Biddy in Atlanta, Spicy Strawberry-Jalapeño Lemonade
  • At Laughing Seed Cafe in Asheville, South Carolina, Raspeberry-Jalapeño Lemonade
    You also can make mulled lemonade. Like mulled wine, the lemonade is heated with spices and peel. But then it’s cooled and ready to refresh. Here’s a recipe from A Spicy Perspective (photo #2).

    Use fruit purée or syrups to create frozen lemonade. Here’s how to make frozen lemonade.

  • As a granita
  • As an ice pop
  • As a frozen drink (freeze lemonade in ice cube trays, then turn to slush in a blender)
  • As a “Creamsicle,” topping or swirling granita with ice cream

  • Krispy Kreme offers Frozen Strawberry Lemonade and Frozen Mango Lemonade
  • Chick-Fil-A has Frosted Lemonade: fresh lemonade and vanilla Icedream soft serve

  • Cucumber Lemonade
  • Lavender Lemonade
  • Peach Lemonade
  • Sparkling Melon Lemonade
  • Spicy Lemonade
  • Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Recipe

  • Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail
  • Lemonade 485 Cocktail
  • Limoncello Lemonade
  • London Lemonade Cocktail (with gin)
  • Tequila Lemonade
  • Saké Lemonade



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