Summer calls for long days at the beach, picnics, and of course, lemonade! As an island girl, I love my lemonade ice-cold and very sweet. Here’s a lemonade recipe you’ll be sure to love!
Because it’s hot and humid in the Caribbean and many islanders do not have central A/C, a glass of lemonade is an island favorite after a long day of work.
Caribbean Island Lemonade Recipe
The recipe to make a Caribbean Island lemonade is simple — you only need a few ingredients: lemons, brown sugar, vanilla, purified water, and honey (if you’re not on a vegan diet). The reason we use sugar is on the island is we love, love, love sweet drinks. For all who do not want to use sugar or honey, try agave sweetener instead.
The vanilla adds a unique flavor to the drink, plus, it’s great for your heart and has many antioxidant properties
. Here on the Island, if your heart starts to beat really fast, you will most likely be given vanilla and water to ease the strain on your heart. Vanilla is used to calm you down and ease the tension until you are seen by a doctor.
The Caribbean Island Lemonade is a perfect thirst quencher and creative alternative to a classic lemonade drink.
Here’s what you need:
9 Lemons (For a milder taste, use yellow lemons. For a stronger citrus taste, use green lemons)
2 Ladels of Brown Sugar
3 TBSP of Vanilla
1 TBSP of Honey (optional if on a vegan diet)
40 oz. of Purified Water
What you do:
In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, vanilla and honey. Set aside.
Wash 8 lemons, cut in half, and squeeze each one in a cup with a strainer to avoid seeds in your drinks.
You can also use a citrus juicer if you have one.
Pour the lemon juice in the bowl of vanilla mixture and stir for one minute.
Next, slowly stir in the room-temperature water for the ultimate mix and consistency.
Refrigerate your lemonade for an hour or serve immediately in drinking glasses with ice.
With the remaining lemon, wash it then slice into five pieces. Once sliced, place on top of your glasses for the perfect Caribbean garnish.
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