I had a birthday party at my house for a friend’s daughter who officially made it into double digits turning 10 and I had planned on making lemonade as one of the drinks for the girls. As I stood staring at the powdered lemonade on the fake drinks isle, I decided to go the purist route and make it homemade. Homemade is trending quickly in my kitchen here lately. I’m really liking finding different ways to make food without taking canned or boxed shortcuts. We shall see where it takes us! Back to the lemonade, it’s so easy to make yourself. It took all of 10 minutes to make and it’s so much better than the powder. Granted it still has a mound of white sugar in it, but I used real lemons! Real lemons!;)
Since I had half a pitcher left over I figured this weeks cocktail could have lemonade in it. I was going to add plain ole vodka to it, but when I opened the liquor cabinet I didn’t just find vodka, I found ginger vodka! So I mixed up a little sumpin’ sumpin’ and this is what we got.
Lemon Ginger Fizz
Makes 2 drinks
- 1 cup of lemonade (recipe for homemade lemonade below)
- 4 oz of ginger vodka
- 1 cup of champagne
- Rosemary sprigs (optional)
- Pour the lemonade and vodka into a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake until really cold. Split between two glasses (with a little crushed ice if you like) and divide the champagne over it. Add the sprig of rosemary and serve.
- 1 1/4 cups of fresh lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3 cups of water
Make a simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of water with the sugar. While the syrup is boiling, squeeze the lemons. Pour the lemon juice into a pitcher with the remaining 2 cups of water and simple syrup.