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Vodka Lemonade

In Talking on August 4, 2011 by Edelweiss Tagged: , ,

I’ve gotten obsessed with making vodka lemonade this summer. It’s been a great contribution to bring to bbqs and reward ourselves after a hot day’s move (both of which there have been a lot of).

Recipe Basics:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water, then 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 cups vodka
  • Optional: Lemons, mint, club soda

Simple Syrup:

  • Boil 1 1/3 cups sugar with 1 cup water
  • Chill

Then

  • Mix 6 cups cold water with Simple Syrup and 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • Add 4 1/2 cups vodka

Add sliced lemons. You may also want to add mint and/or club soda (see tips below).

Drink!

Tips:

Making simple syrup is really easy. Just pour the sugar and water into a bowl and keep stirring until it comes to a boil. The sugar will dissolve in the water. Make sure to take it off the burner before it starts to caramelize (turn brown). Bring it to room temperature and then chill.

Despite the small quantities you start with, this is ALOT of liquid, so make sure you have a very large pot or bowl to mix it in. I use a pasta pot.

You’re putting a ton of Vodka into this, you can’t taste it so it kinda sneaks up on you. We drink it out of small glasses (4 to 6 ounces). When we drink it in larger glasses we mix it with club soda to help us pace ourselves.

Make sure to take out the seeds when you cut the lemons!

I add mint at the very end. The lemonade is a little sweet so the mint helps cut that a bit. Fresh mint is expensive, I picked mine off of my work’s rooftop garden (I haven’t found a mint plant for sale in  the past few months). I’ve also picked and used lavender, which was nice. If you don’t do either, and think it’s a bit sweet, you may want to add a splash of club soda and then lessen the simple syrup next time around.

Enjoy! (responsibly)

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