March 25, 2016

[anything goes] citrus lemonade

happy long weekend!

i don't know about you, but i have been loving the bright sunny days we have been having lately (excluding the horrible, slushy, rainy weather we had yesterday!).  it is always hard to lose that hour of precious sleep, but it always ends up worth it when you leave your office at the end of the day and the sun is still out.  that brightness is the best reminder that warmer days are coming.

with spring always comes a renewed optimism for the year ahead.  at least in this house hold. all the positive vibes that come around new years get lost in the haze of snow and cold, and find their way back around this time of year.  and what screams sunny days and warmer weather more than lemonade.

this fun, zesty lemonade was more of a necessity to use up citrus fruits around the house.  our fruit and veggie stand was looking a little full, with aging blood oranges, clementines, limes and lemons.  i hate to throw food out, so i wanted to use up as many as i could before they were beyond use.  and any excuse to make lemonade is a good one in my books!

[anything goes] citrus lemonade
makes 3-4 servings

[what you need]

1 cup of juice, from whatever citrus fruits you have *
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups water

* the fun part about this is you can use any fruits you have: oranges, lemons, limes.  i love the pink tint the blood orange gave this batch of lemonade.

[to make]

strain your juice to remove any seeds or pulp.  combine with sugar in a small saucepan.  bring to a boil, until sugar dissolves.  let the mixture cool.

in a jug or large mason jar, combine the juice mixture with 3 cups of water.  give it a good stir to combine all the ingredients.

serve lemonade over ice, and garnish with slices of lemons and/or limes.



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