Flavored lemonades are a big trend these days, with anything from coconut to lavender popping up both in stores and in the home kitchen. This earl grey lemonade may be a new favorite for the summer.
For Lent this year, I gave up ice cream and frozen yogurt. And it proved a lot more difficult than I’d originally thought. I realize it is meant to be a sacrifice and that my difficulty in avoiding frozen yogurt is not nearly the sacrifice it should be. But in retrospect, I’m really glad I didn’t give up coffee like I’d originally planned. Maybe it would have made me a better person, sacrificing something difficult, improving my faith. But for the rest of the world, me giving up coffee would have been awful. Sorry but it is a fact.
Either way, I started thinking about what I might turn to had I given up coffee. Tea is always a sufficient stand-in. And when the weather started heating up, I knew there must be lemonade, my all-time favorite warm weather drink. I could guzzle Arnold Palmers by the gallon but why not mix things up a little? Instead of a classic lemon iced tea, I went with earl grey instead. Earl grey lemonade was born.
It’s a little sweet, a little tart, a little smoky. The summer drink. And ok, so it’s not summer yet. And maybe some of us were graced with hail and sleet yesterday. But pour yourself a glass of this and dream about the upcoming summer.
- 3 lemons (approximately 1 cup juice)
- 2 cups Earl Grey tea, brewed
- ½ cup sugar
- 4 cups water
- Juice the lemons and pass the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp. Set aside.
- Combine tea and sugar has fully dissolved. Pour into a pitcher.
- Pour lemon juice into the pitcher with the tea.
- Top with four cups of water. Place in the fridge until cold.