This may be difficult for some of you to imagine, but it's just barely beginning to feel like summer here in Seattle. Yes, we've enjoyed a few glorious days here and there, but nothing real consistent. In fact, during our last week of swimming lessons I spotted more than one winter coat. In July. Crazy, no? But, now that the good weather forecasts are popping up more frequently, I am thinking about lemonade all the time. That's all the time, my friends. Because we all know that nothing says "summer" like a glass of cold, made-from-scratch lemonade.
To celebrate, I am going to feature a weekly lemonade recipe for the duration of the summer (which officially ends in September), starting today. I'm titling the series, "Lemonade Stand", inspired by the sweet set up Ashley's husband created for their children. I hope you enjoy it!
Last year I purchased some deliciously sweet poppy sugar from an épicerie (the French word for "spice shop") near Beynac-et-Cazenac, France--the village where La Maisonnette resides. I've been saving it for almost a year now, hoping to find the right use for it. I almost forgot that I had this special sugar in my pantry until I spotted my next-door-neighbor's patch of poppies. Oh how lucky I am to live next door to an avid gardener!
I was tempted to continue saving it, as making lemonade from the French poppy sugar seemed almost sacrilege after what Aran made with her poppy sugar. However, I reminded myself that enjoying it in any form was perfectly appropriate. After all, what good would it be sitting on my pantry shelf? Using the poppy sugar for lemonade felt like putting out fancy china for breakfast (or at least that's how I imagine it would feel--I don't own china!). But, I did it any way because sometimes you have to toss perfection out the window for the sake of accomplishment or enjoyment. Plus, it smelled so delightful next to the ginger on my counter...
Now, I realize that 99.9% of us don't have access to poppy sugar, so go ahead and substitute regular sugar or attempt to make your own floral sugar. Okay, so it's time to grab the juicer and start squeezing! Or do what I do and have your kids juice the lemons for you--they think it's the best task ever :)
My recipe for Cherry Ginger Lemonade here.