Monday, January 31, 2011

Jalapeño Lemonade

Note: This was originally written in November 2009 and I never posted it. I've finally decided to start telling people about this blog so hopefully that will motivate me to post more regularly!

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.

Jalapeño Lemonade

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!

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