{drink it up} Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey Refresher

Lemon is a confused fruit. There, I’ve said it – lemon doesn’t know what the heck it is doing. While it is really a fruit harvested in our winter months, we best enjoy it and associate it with the hazy temperatures of summer. Lemon ice? Check. Lemonade? Check. Lemony, fruit white wine? Check. We can’t help it. It is all lemon’s fault, with it’s tart, crisp, refreshing qualities.

If you are looking for a thirst-quenching drink for these hot summer days, look no further than this Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey Refresher.  Made with alcohol or without, it is the perfect drink to get you through the gruling days, weeks and months of summer. (Happening right now in Upstate NY)

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey Refresher

In a quart-size mason jar (or equivalent vessel) combine 4-5 sprigs of mint and 3 teaspoons sugar or sugar-substitute (like Stevia). With the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle sugar and mint together to release the mint’s oils (sugar will start to turn green). Add the juice of two lemons (about 1/3 of a cup), several ice cubes, and cold water to fill the jar. Add extra lemon slices, if preferred. Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.

Makes enough to serve two people through a summer dinner of bbq chicken, garden salad and grilled potatoes.

For a boozey option, add 1/2 cup of cold vodka, gin, or whiskey (if you like a Mint Julep taste) after muddling sugar and mint, then top will lemon juice, ice and water.

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Deanna N. Fox is a twentysomething entrepreneur and writer. She lives in Delanson, NY on an old farm and apple orchard with her four year old daughter Edith, and three year old son Eric (and a bunch of mangy animals). Deanna is dedicated to leading a stylish, sustainable lifestyle (while having fun!) and teaching others how to live similarly regardless of living situation via her blog Silly Goose Farm. Deanna was raised on similar principles amongst farms in Chenango County, NY, and believes that most of the world's problems can be solved by first ensuring everyone has access to good, wholesome food. When not hatching up new business ideas, renovating the farm or playing the in the dirt, Deanna can be found obsessing over boats, practicing for the World Bocce Championship with an adult libation in hand, or holding impromptu dance parties with her kids. More about Deanna can be found at www.deannafox.org.

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8 Comments on “{drink it up} Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey Refresher”

  1. July 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm #


  2. July 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I am running to the kitchen to make this right now! Thank you! The kids are gonna love it :)

  3. July 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Oooo…I think I might swap the water for vodka or gin and top it with ginger beer!

  4. July 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this. Looks great!

  5. July 24, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Thanks for all the lovely comments! I am so glad you like it, and I do hope you’ll try it soon. It’s so simple, but “fancy” enough to serve to company.

    @Alex – Ginger beer. Genius!

    @Sarah – let me know what the kids think!

    Thanks again and I hope you’ll check back often for more beverage ideas! ~Deanna


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