Friday, May 23, 2014

Honey Lemonade

My goal for a while now,
has been to decrease the amount of refined sugar in my diet.
It's been easier than I would have first thought.
In the beginning, I substituted sucanat for sugar 1-for-1 in recipes.
I'm leaning now more toward natural sweeteners,
including the local honey that we are able to enjoy.

Since our temperatures are already making it feel like summer around here,
the craving for lemonade has hit.
I found a scrumptious recipe for lemonade with a twist.
You can find it here.
No sugar added.
The sweetener of choice?

Honey Lemonade
8 C water
6 lemons, juiced
(this was about 3/4 C)
1/2 C honey

Heat the water on medium-low just until warm.
Add honey and allow to dissolve
(this takes about 5-8 minutes).
Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
Chill and enjoy!

The sweetness is subtle, but so delicious.
I'm not sure if it's because I'm not used to the blast of sugar anymore,
but I now prefer the understated essence of sweet this recipe delivers.
Frozen strawberries were added as ice cubes
to add even more summertime freshness.

 Let's toast to those service members and their families
who have given so much to our country.
May God bless and keep them all.

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