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No matter where you live, chances are that you enjoy a glass of cool lemonade during the hot summer months. It's a classic drink of the season, but you don't have to use a powdered mix to whip up a pitcher for your friends. In fact, you can create to delectable lemonade recipes from scratch, and they don't require too much work. Try one of these three unique lemonade variations this summer for a twist on the season's quintessential drink.
1. Lavender Honey Lemonade
This recipe uses just a handful of natural ingredients to create a delicious warm-weather drink. You can even use homegrown lavender from your garden for the fresh sprigs.
In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, dried lavender and water. Place the pan over medium heat, and bring the liquid to a simmer. Stir until honey dissolves. Let the ingredients simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Strain the liquid to remove the lavender pieces.
Combine the lemon juice and fresh lavender in a measuring cup, then muddle the flowers to release the juices. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes so the flavor seeps out. Take the lavender pieces out of the liquid, then combine the lemon juice and honey water in a large pitcher. Stir well to mix the flavors. Fill the pitcher with ice and allow to chill before serving to your guests.
2. Watermelon Lemonade Slushie
If the day is particularly hot, this icy drink will help you cool down. What's even better is that it contains fresh watermelon, so you can check off a serving of fruit of your senior nutrition plan.
Place the watermelon cubes in a plastic bag, then put the fruit in the freezer for an hour. When the cubes are solid, transfer them into a blender with the sugar and lemon juice. Process the ingredients until smooth. You can add more sugar if you like your drink with a sweeter taste. Serve your slushies with a spoon or straw!
3. Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade
Want a little fizzle in your drink? Try this recipe for sparkling lemonade, infused with rhubarb for an extra kick of flavor.
In a small saucepan, combine the rhubarb, regular water, sugar and mint sprigs. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low, then cover the pan and let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove the pan from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes. Stain out the rhubarb pieces and transfer the liquid into a pitcher. Mix in the lemon juice, sparkling water and ice. Give the lemonade a good stir, then it's ready to serve! Your friends will love the unique and refreshing taste of your signature summertime drink.