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A Lemonade Recipe That Will Reduce Stress and Anxiety Plus 4 More

posted: 05/23/17
by: Blythe Copeland
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Fresh-squeezed, homemade lemonade is one of the great treats of summer: A centerpiece of your brunch menu, a perfect complement to a backyard barbecue, or a cool, refreshing accompaniment to spending the afternoon on the porch with a great read. While the basic recipe is the same -- make a simple syrup with water and sugar, then add the juice of just-squeezed lemons, and water and ice -- the quantities are easy to adjust to suit your taste -- and the flavor varieties are nearly endless. Try these five recipes that incorporate herbs, flowers, and blossoms (instead of berries) and find your new favorite blend.

Lavender Lemonade
The Kitchen
1. Lavender Lemonade

Fragrant lavender blossoms steeped with the homemade simple syrup add a hint of the French countryside to this lemonade recipe from The Kitchen. A study also confirms that lavender oils sooth anxiety and lowers the pulse -- delicious and nutritious.
Apple Honey Lemonade
Oat and Sesame
2. Apple Honey Lemonade

Inspired by a trip to Prague, blogger Emily from Oat and Sesame made this apple honey lemonade with fresh ginger, tart Granny Smith apples, mint leaves, and honey instead of sugar.
Mint Rosemary Lemonade
Fool Proof Living
3. Mint and Rosemary Lemonade with Vanilla

Icy lemonade gets a sophisticated upgrade from blogger
Ay?eg?l at Foolproof Living in this recipe for mint and rosemary lemonade: Just add fresh mint leaves, half of vanilla bean, and two sprigs of rosemary for a delicate balance of flavors and a light, refreshing taste.
Rose Lemonade
Fodess

4. Rose Lemonade

While you'll find plenty of recipes for lemonade made with rose wine, the light sweetness of homemade rose syrup is a summery nonalcoholic option (although you can add gin to this recipe, too). Jennier Pallian at Foodess used half a cup of dried roses -- make sure you choose an edible version; check the bulk tea section for food-grade petals and buds -- steeped with sugar and water, and then strained out, to make the syrup.

thelittleepicurean
The Little Epicurean

5. Hibiscus Lemonade

A picnic menu from Cotton Candy magazine includes this recipe for hibiscus lemonade, which calls for steeping two tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers in boiling water, and then stirring in agave syrup (instead of sugar) to sweeten it.