So I’m not known for being much of a cook. This isn’t because I can’t cook - I just don’t. I have a small kitchen (without a dishwasher), am usually just cooking for one, and in general don’t have time. I am a wiz at food assembly though and have been more experimental lately as I’ve had a bit more time on my hands.. As I create new “recipes” I thought I’d share them with you.
Crate and Barrel sells a mix (this is a seasonal product) for Jalapeño Lemonade but I think it would be just as easy (and taste better) to create this yourself. My recommendation would be to make lemonade from scratch and use a jalapeño simple syrup to sweet it. To make the simple syrup, just add a sliced jalapeño (seeds removed), while the sugar is simmering. I haven’t tried this myself but I’ve seen a lot of infused simple syrups and this is the process. I also recommend cutting up lemon wedges and jalapeños (seeds removed again) and adding them to increase flavor. When I made the Crate and Barrel lemonade, I put the lemon wedges and jalapeños into ice cubes. This made a lovely garnish and continued to flavor the lemonade as they melted. If you wish to make this an alcoholic beverage, you can add either vodka or tequila. Somewhere I think I have a photo of the ice cubes and will post once I locate it (I made this for 4th of July 2009). While this is more of a summer drink, I think it would be a nice addition to a Super Bowl party too. Try it and let me know what you think!