Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Time-Out: Jalapeno Lemonade

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Here we go again, another jalapeno recipe!  Like I mentioned last week, we bought a ton of jalapenos, and I was trying to find interesting, fun things to do with them!  Last year for the Beringer Great Steak Challenge in Newport, Rhode Island, John and I had dinner at this little local Mexican Restaurant.  It was very cute and lively (and we were really hungry).  I may or may not have indulged in a lot of Beringer wine beforehand.

Either way, they had some really interesting dishes; the one that stuck out to John (of course), was their Jalapeno Lemonade.  He couldn't believe it.  In fact, I think he had two or three glasses.  It was the first time I had ever heard of it (maybe we live under a rock, I don't know).  But, when I saw all the jalapenos, I knew this was a beverage we would have to try.

The lazy lady that I am, did not want to have to make a simple syrup; boiling anything, even for lemonade in this heat sounded like no fun.  So, I searched until I found a recipe that was simple, easy, and delicious.  In fact, if you omit the jalapenos all together, it is an easy lemonade that will cool off anyone on a hot summer day!
Jalapeno Lemonade (adapted from here)
Serves:  4 (2-8 ounce cups)
3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 15 large lemons)
2 cups sugar
12 cups water
3 jalapenos

Whisk together lemon juice, sugar, and water in a large bowl.  Poke 7-10 holes in the jalapenos.  Place in lemon mixture.  Cover and transfer the bowl to the fridge.  Let chill for at least 30 minutes, checking every 30 minutes for the taste that you like best! 

Needless to say our lemonade sat about 2 hours before John liked it.  Me, I added some extra sugar and a slice of lemon! 

Regardless of how you like it, it's a great idea to serve a variety of lemonades at your next barbeque from the traditional to a berry lemonade to this!  I think it's a really fun and unique serving idea!

Until the next time my oven is on...

4 comments:

  1. This does sound refreshing, although I would have to leave out the jalapenos...my stomach just can't take those :)

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