Whether it’s a relaxing summer day or simply an afternoon on your backyard deck surrounded with family or friends, I find this chilled lemon ice tea is always welcome and instantly quenches everybody’s thirst. Although I do not recall who gave me the recipe, it has become my preferred summer beverage and it also fends off any heat wave.
Prep time: 30 minutes Yields: 12-16 glasses
- 4 Lemons freshly squeezed (1 cup of juice)
- 2 Lemons (slices and zest)
- ¾ cup of sugar or honey*
- 6 cups of steeped tea (tea of your choice)
Optional: 1-2 cups of fruit of your choice strawberries, raspberries etc….
- In a saucepan place the lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar or honey.
- Bring to a boil, 1-2 minutes. Should resemble a light syrup. Remove from heat.
- Cut one of the lemons into thin slices, and zest the rind of the second lemon.
- Steep the tea to your desired strength. Fill a pitcher with steeped tea, lemon slices, lemon zest and any other fruit (if you are adding fruits).
- Pour the hot lemon syrup from the saucepan into the pitcher and stir.
- Refrigerate until chilled (approximately 4 hrs).
- Serve with ice and enjoy!!!
* You can also use a sweetener. Remember to always adjust the sweetness to your taste by either adding or removing the sugar, honey or sweetener.
Two key ingredients to making the perfect lemonade are: simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemons. Nothing says summer like the taste of a tall glass of chilled homemade lemonade.
The proportions will vary depending on how sweet and strong you like your lemonade, and how sour your lemons are to begin with. Late season lemons are less sour than early season lemons. Meyer lemons are sweeter than standard lemons. Start with the proportions of 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice. Reduce the sugar amount if you are using Meyer lemons or if you like your lemonade less sweet.
Prep time: 10 minutes Yield: 6-8 glasses
- 1 cup white granulated sugar*
- 1 cup water
- 2 to 3 cups cold water
- 1 cup lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
- Crushed Ice
- 1 lemon sliced for garnish
- To make the simple syrup, place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer and then lower to medium. Make sure that the sugar has completely dissolved and then remove from heat.
- Juice 4 to 6 lemons (depends on the size of the lemons) to yield one cup of juice and add the juice to the saucepan. Boil on medium heat for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Pour the saucepan contents into a pitcher. Add 2 to 3 cups of cold water, stir and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes. Serve with crushed ice.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
Prep time: 30-40 minutes Yields: 20-24 glasses
- 6 cups 1-inch cubed seedless watermelon
- 6 cups water
- ¾ cup cane sugar
- 6 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Crushed ice
- Garnish: lemon slices and sprig of mint (optional)
- In a blender puree the cubed watermelon with the lemon juice until smooth.
- Add 6 cups of water and the sugar. If you prefer a sweeter taste, simply add more cane sugar.
- Pour the watermelon lemonade in a pitcher.
- Serve topped with crushed ice and garnish with lemon slice and mint.
Every year I somehow manage to get sick. It’s always the same ol’ stuffed sinuses, sore throat, and coughing, sneezing, headachy kind of cold. To relieve the symptoms, I would basically just drown myself in Buckley’s and Advil and sleep it off. As I get older I realize the harmful chemicals I put in my body, and decided to research natural remedies for the common cold and flu. Eureka! I found the perfect honey and lemon tea recipe and it’s super easy to prepare. Your cold or flu symptoms will clear up in no time. And not only that, you can enjoy it year round for its overall health benefits.
Lemon juice provides the tea with Vitamin C, to support the body’s immune system. It further decreases the strength of cold and flu viruses and eliminates phlegm.
Prep time: 5 minutes Yields: 1 cup
You can add a sliver or two of fresh ginger to the cup of honey and lemon tea.
Note: Honey should not be consumed by children under 18 months old.
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/2 cup or more of hot water
Place raw honey and lemon juice into a tea cup or mug. Add hot water and stir.
I started drinking this lemon and honey concoction on a daily basis and I rarely suffer from the common cold or flu. An added bonus of this drink is the increase in my energy level.
- Boosts your immune system
- Excellent source of potassium
- Aids digestion
- Cleanses your system
- Freshens your breath
- Keeps skin blemish-free
- Helps you lose weight
- Reduces inflammation
- Gives you an energy boost
- Helps fight viral infections
Lemon Water Recipe*
- Pour 8 cups filtered water in pitcher.
- Thoroughly wash two small lemons.
- Cut the lemons into thin slices.
*The lemon water will keep in the refrigerator for two to three days.
This salad dressing is super simple and can be made very quickly. It’s my favourite dressing and I use it on all my salads. Not only is it tasty, it’s also very healthy.
The lemon juice is the star of the salad and has many health benefits. Feel free to adjust the quantity of lemon juice, vinegar and salt to your taste.
Prep time: 10 minutes Yields: Dressing for 1 salad
- 1 Lemon (squeezed, pulp free)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Teaspoon ground sumac*
- ½ Teaspoon black pepper (freshly grounded)
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until well blended. Pour over salad in desired quantity.
- Any leftover dressing must be refrigerated. Will keep in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
*Sumac is a spice that can be purchased at any Middle Eastern grocery store.
Lemon juice is loaded with healthy vitamins and is beneficial for skincare. Below are six common applications of lemon juice for various skin conditions:
- Fade age spots
Apply lemon juice directly on age spots at bedtime. Wash it off in the morning. For age spots on your body, run a warm bath and add 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes. There is no need to rinse after your bath, only if your skin is very dry.
- Brighten skin
If you suffer from discolored or rough skin on your knees, elbows and heels, apply lemon juice on the affected area(s). Leave the lemon juice on your skin overnight.
- Remove blackheads
Rub lemon juice on the blackheads nightly until they disappear. Rinse the lemon juice off with cool water in the morning.
- Moisturize skin
For dry skin, mix equal amounts of lemon juice, olive oil and honey and apply to the dry areas—a great moisturizing recipe. Leave the mixture on for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
- Exfoliate skin
Cut a lemon into quarters and dip a piece of the lemon into a small amount of sugar. Gently rub the cut lemon over your face to remove the top layer of dead cells.
- Cure acne
Lemon juice’s antibacterial properties and its L-ascorbic acid (an active ingredient in acne products) content can fight acne. Apply lemon juice directly to the acne. You may dilute the juice with water if it stings. Leave the juice on your skin for 20-30 minutes or overnight if you can. Wash off with cool water.