Summer Food Series: Part 1

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hot and sweaty (which is pretty much all the time here in Haiti during the summer months) I crave sour things. This is actually just a new thing for me, and I think it’s something that started when I was pregnant. I had horrible morning sickness with Alex, and one of the things that seemed to help were those gummy sour keys. No joke! I bought a plastic tub of them and would carry them with me when I was out because it was the only thing that made me feel less nauseous. Before that I wasn’t a fan of sour things, but now… yum!

Now that the temperature has been turned up in Haiti all I want when it’s super hot is something cold and sour. Just yesterday I finally thought “Why don’t I make myself some lemonade??” We had lemon juice. We had sugar. We had water. We had ice. All the players were there. And you know what? I sucked back almost a litre of the stuff in less than five minutes! It was delish and super easy. I had shied away from homemade lemonade because I hate granulated sugar settling in the bottom of a jug. The trick? Sugar syrup!

Lemonade

Ingredients:

2 c water
1 c white sugar
lemon juice
ice
water

To make sugar syrup:

In a microwave safe container mix 2 c water and 1 c sugar. Heat for approximately 3 minutes in the microwave or until hot enough to dissolve the sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Can be stored in refrigerator for days. Can be made in larger quantities if you know you’ll be making jugs of lemonade.

To make lemonade:

This is for a personal serving, but you can easily multiply it to make it on a larger scale. I was just in a hurry and wanted it cold and for myself! LOL. The ratio of lemon juice to sugar syrup is about 1:2 and you can adjust for personal taste.

In a drink shaker (aprox. 750 mL) or container with a sealed lid combine 4-5 cubes of ice, 1 shot (2 oz) lemon juice, 2 shots (4 oz) sugar syrup and then fill with water. Shake for about a minute. Pour and serve. Yum!

~Leslie

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

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