CHESTERLAND, Ohio (WJW) — Stefanie Paganini loves using fresh lemons in summer recipes. In fact she has an upcoming class called ‘Lemon Mania’ that showcases all kinds of recipes using lemons — from salads, to entrees to dessert. In this edition of Fox Recipe Box, Stefanie shares three refreshing summer beverage recipes that will cool you off and satisfy your taste buds.
Fresh Shaken Lemonade
Makes 1 glass for 1 person
½ lemon cut into 4 to 6 pieces
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 cup crushed ice
8-10 oz. water
Place lemon pieces and sugar into a large (16 oz.) sturdy glass. Using the bottom of a wooden spoon or muddler, muddle together lemon and sugar to release juice and oils from lemon. Add ice and water and shake the glass using a martini shaker or covered really well and shaken by hand for 2 minutes. Serve in glass
Spicy Ginger Lemonade
Makes 1 quart
1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced into large pieces
Zest of 2 lemons (peeled with carrot peeler)
2 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 cups cold water
Combine ginger, lemon peel, water and sugar in a non-reactive sauce pot and bring to a boil. Allow the mixture to reduce down into a simple syrup (about 1 cup). Chill then strain out solids.
Combine strained, chilled simple syrup with 2 cups water and 1 cup lemon juice
Add water and extra sugar to taste.
Lemon Basil Ice Tea
Make 6-8 cups
7 cups water
6-8 bags black tea
8-10 large leaves fresh basil
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups honey
Mix all together in a large pot and bring to a boil, cook for 10-15 minutes, strain and refrigerate to chill. Adjust lemon and honey to taste.