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When Life Gives You Lemons...

You make lemonade! August 20th is National Lemonade Day, so why not make a glass and sit back and relax as summer winds down to end at the Montclair Gardens in Montclair, NJ.

 

Lemonade

3/4 cup fresh Lemon Juice

2 Quarts of Water

1/2 cup Sugar

  • Boil water in a pot and add sugar, mix until dissolved
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature
  • Add lemon juice and stir
  • Serve over ice with a slice of fresh lemon on rim of glass

 

Strawberry Lemonade

1/2 pound fresh Strawberries, stem removed

1 1/2 cup Sugar

5 cups Water

1 1/2 cup fresh Lemon Juice

  • Puree strawberries in blender 
  • Boil water and add sugar, stir until dissolved
  • Remove from heat to cool to room temperature
  • Add strawberry puree and lemon juice, stir to combine
  • Serve over ice with a slice of fresh lemon rim of glass

 

Lavender Lemonade

Handful of fresh Lavender flowers, or 1 tablespoon dried flowers

1 cup Sugar

2 Cups boiling Water

1 1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice

2 cups cold Water

  • Place lavender and sugar into a bowl, using hands rub the flowers into the sugar
  • Pour boiling water over lavender and sugar, let infuse for minimum of 30 minutes, and up to several hours
  • Strain out lavender flowers
  • Stir in lemon juice and cold water
  • If lemonade is too tart add more sugar
  • Serve over ice, garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh lavender

 

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