this is my go-to fancy drink to have when others are guzzling that junky booze stuff. Me, i like fresh and homemade and a bit tart:
Fuck You Wolfie Lemonade Concentrate
In a saucepan, stir together 1.5 cups of granulated white sugar (300 g) and 1 cup water (230 g) [for fancier drinks, add a stick or two of fresh rosemary to this while boiling.]
Heat until the mixture boils and the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
Meanwhile, juice 8 medium-sized lemons until you get 1.5 cups (340 g) juice. Strain the juice to remove pits and pulp.
Once the sugar syrup has cooled a bit, add the lemon juice, stir, leave the rosemary in, and then put in a container. You can freeze this (for 3-6 months) or store in the fridge for a week.
You now have about 3 cups concentrate.
When you’re ready for drinks, you add 50% concentrate with another liquid – regular water, carbonated soda water, bitter tonic water, or ginger ale. I also put in a slash of cranberry juice.
It is dynamite, let me tell you. I’ve served it in the ‘restaurant in my living room’ and the drinkers often like it better than the wine being served!
Marie (day 40) says: “I made the lemonade concentrate you gave me the recipe for and WOW! That is amazing! I may be stressed out, frustrated, a little depressed, and overwhelmed today, but I know that I have a yummy rosemary lemonade (made with seltzer water) waiting for me after my run tonight. Thank you so much for that.”
I made this lemonade last weekend, had one tall glass with tonic and cranberry juice and fell in LOVE!!! Hubby loved it too! I have had the rest in the freezer all week and cannot wait to break it out this weekend and finish it off! I have a new batch of lemons coming too so i can make it again. thanks, Belle!
Going to make this. X
Off to get lemons tomorrow- and using raspberries (from my garden- as well as rosemary!) instead of cranberry.
How would you recommend doing this without real sugar? Diabetic.
in that case, i’d heat up fresh squeezed OJ with rosemary, and heat it lightly and then let it sit for an hour, then cool in the fridge. you could also heat lightly with some sliced ginger root. Orange juice wouldn’t need sugar (or water, or diluting). You could probably do it with grapefruit juice, too. Just use the juice + flavouring (and leave out the sugar + water). maybe grapefruit + ginger too. or orange juice + a few frozen strawberries that when heated would nearly dissolve and make a cool colour. or grapefruit and frozen cherries … heated lightly with a good strong aromatic (ginger, rosemary, or even black peppercorns!).
Hi, I just made it with Truvia sugar substitute (100g truvia = 300g sugar), 0 kcal and 0 sugar and it is absolutely lovely mixed with Mediterranean tonic 😊 xx
Daaaaang. This was good. Didn’t miss wine with dinner last night a bit!
I’ll mix it with my coconut la croup!
i bet that’s ‘la croix’ 🙂
I’m going to make this at the beach this week to serve when it’s my turn to cook. Agreed that no effort goes into the nonalcoholic drinks and it makes all the difference in the world!
I love this stuff!
Before I stopped (last drink on 1st March 2014) I got into the habit of tossing some frozen blueberries into my glasses of water, esp if someone came round and ‘oops I’m such a typical guy and have got squat in the fridge’ that trick always jazzed up a plain old glass of water so well it’s my go to drink now.
it only just flavours things, looks awesome with soda, Plus it’s extra fun cause you get to eat the berries at the end.
Brilliant and genius! I can’t wait to try it…
Love it! Will try tonight. Cheers xxx
I just copied this recipe and printed on a word document. I need to make this especially summer is arriving here in the states. THANKS for sharing Belle.
GAH. Will stop error spotting now. iPad autocorrect! Gads.
Oh I am so making this. I should post my fizzy spicy ginger lemonaide recipe too – well, not mine exactly, adopted from a cookbook, very good. I plan to try making that raspberry rose water lime cordial soon too. Will post results and recipe if it’s good. We need/deserve special AF drinks.
As I tupe I am drinking my elderflower cordial with soda water in a wineglass with some frozen berries thrown in for good measure. They make lovely pretty ice cubes and a little special tasty treat at the end of the glass.
Lily, pls do post your recipe, it sounds yum too!
Thanks for the recipe Belle will try this out this week-end:-) it will be more exciting then my regular Schweppes.:-)