Kickoff the 4th of July weekend with this refreshing Muddled Lemonade recipe by Cricket Azima and The Creative Kitchen, featured on Archetypes!
Customize a colorful summer staple that will cool off the whole family! This fresh and fruity lemonade allows you to make a drink that is 100 percent to your liking. Your lemonade doesn’t have to be syrupy (i.e. loaded with sugar) in order to impart a delicious taste — by adding berries, ginger, and mint, this cooling recipe offers a ton of flavor, as well as nutrients. Using a light hand with a natural sweetener, such as agave or honey, and this drink is a guilt-free, delightful way to hydrate. Keep a pitcher in the fridge so that each family member can help him- or herself to an ice-cold glass when thirst comes calling.
- For the kids, cut the lemonade with water to taste.
- Replace the blueberries and strawberries with other favorite summer fruits, such as mangoes, peaches, blackberries, and raspberries.
- For a sparkling lemonade, use seltzer instead of water.
- Of course, this recipe can also pack an adult-themed punch if you choose to add vodka, rum, tequila, or champagne (perfect for summer parties)!
½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
5 large sliced strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
1 tbsp. fine chopped ginger
1 tbsp. fine chopped mint
1 cup 100% lemon juice, not from concentrate
1 cup water, or to taste
3 tbsp. agave, honey, or packed brown sugar, or to taste
Yields 4 servings
1. In a medium bowl, combine the chopped mint, ginger, sliced strawberries, blueberries, and lemon juice.
2. With a whisk or a potato masher, gently mash the fruit with the lemon juice until the liquid becomes a nice pink color.
3. Add the water and the sweetener, and stir to combine.
4. Adjust the water or the sweetener to taste, if desired.
5. Add ice and serve!
The Creative Kitchen™, LLC, teaches children about food and how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner. Targeting families with children ages two to teen, the company focuses on teaching, writing creative content and curriculum, special events, recipe development, spokesperson work, webisode production and consulting to present educational and entertaining content through food-related activities. The founder, Cricket Azima, is an expert in cooking for and with children. She inspires kids to express themselves creatively through food and cooking, while complementing lessons with traditional educational material such as social studies, math, arts, science, and more. Visit www.thecreativekitchen.com for more information.