Lemonade is one of my favorite warm weather drinks. It's cool, refreshing, and tart. Better for you than soda, and more satisfying than water. Sometimes I like to mix things up a little and put a new spin on old favorites. I found this recipe for Honey Vanilla Lemonade several years ago and I new I had to try it. I've been hooked ever since. Its still the same sweet/tart flavor of a regular lemonade, but it has a nice smoothness due to the vanilla, and a subtly sweet honey flavor. It's delicious.
Start by making a simple syrup. One cup of sugar and one cup of water.
Put the seeds and the bean pod right into the pot with the sugar and water. Bring this mixture to a boil until all of the sugar is dissolved.
In a two quart pitcher, mix the honey vanilla syrup you just made with one cup of lemon juice.
Fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water and stir.
Honey Vanilla Lemonade Recipe
makes 2 quarts
for the syrup
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 inch piece of vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 tbsp. honey
for the lemonade
1 c. lemon juice
2 quarts, minus one cup, water
In a small saucepan, bring to a boil the sugar, water, vanilla beans and pod until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the honey and cool to room temperature. Add cooled syrup to the bottom of a 2 quart pitcher along with lemon juice. Stir to combine. Add the rest of the water and mix.