It’s summer and you want something refreshing to cool yourself down and beat the heat. What’s better than a chilled glass of lemonade? However, making it might be a hassle, especially when it comes to juicing a ton of lemons if you’re in a hurry. So next time you need to quickly whip up a glass or a pitcher of lemonade, throw a whole lemon into the blender!
The Idea and Modifications
The idea came about over 10 years ago through a now-defunct gourmet magazine. More and more people have taken to using whole lemons to make lemonade. It also helps that blender technology has improved, further easing the process to make it as simple as putting the ingredients into the blender and mixing it thoroughly. However, if you do use entire lemons, cut the lemons into quarters or eighths and remove the seeds. This way, most of the lemon can be used, but the bitterness that comes with the rind and seeds can be eliminated.
Depending on the desired taste, ratios can be changed to make it sweeter or more tart. Add the juice of one extra lemon without the peel to raise the bite of the lemon, or add a bit more sugar if you’re a fan of sweet lemonades. For a different flavor profile, you can add salt or herbs like basil, rosemary, or even lavender.
How to Make It
- One lemon
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 4 to 5 cubes of ice
- Take the lemon and cut it into smaller pieces.
- Put the sugar, water, ice, and lemon into a blender.
- Blend until it gets to a frothy consistency, for about a minute.
- Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain it into a bowl.
- Pour into glasses and serve cold.
Coffee is a morning ritual for most people. Whether you’re waking up or battling terrible midday fatigue, it’s almost the perfect solution for everything. But as comforting as your usual cup may be, it’s easy for this daily love affair to become mundane. Luckily, switching things up with different flavors and coffee styles can help keep things interesting. Here are five delicious and unique coffees from around the world.
This one is for all the tea and coffee lovers out there. Don’t worry; we won’t make you choose! Yuenyeung is a blend of seven parts of milk tea and three parts of black coffee that can be enjoyed hot or cold. So, next time you’re confused between tea and coffee, just grab a Yuenyeng, toast to the perfect blend and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Turkey: Türk Kahvesi or Turkish Sand Coffee
Coffee in Turkish culture is more than just a beverage – it’s a symbol of the Turkish tradition. For this coffee, sugar is added while the coffee is brewing using hot sand, resulting in a delicious and aromatic cup of coffee steeped in tradition. The finely ground coffee beans create a frothy surface that gives it a milky texture without adding milk or cream. It’s believed that the pattern of leftover ground beans in the cup can reveal the drinker’s fortune.
Kaffeost is a unique Scandinavian beverage combining coffee and cheese in one drink. To make Kaffeost, hot black coffee is poured over a special Finnish cheese called leipäjuusto, allowing it to soften and melt slightly, infusing the coffee with a subtle sweetness. It’s a unique way to enjoy two of life’s greatest pleasures in one delicious drink.
Mazagran – the zesty union of lemonade and coffee; some have even called mazagran the pioneer of iced coffee beverages. The process involves pouring a shot of espresso over a bed of ice and delicately blending in lemon juice and a sweetener of your choosing. The result is a strong taste of espresso with the zing of citrus notes and a subtle sweetness.
Cafézinho is a thick, sweet, and strong beverage that will surely wake you up. It’s a very easy preparation. You just have to add finely-ground coffee or espresso to hot water and add some sugar to it. Then, filter that through a flannel cloth and don’t squeeze it to avoid bitterness. While cafézinho is typically enjoyed without milk or cream, it’s best paired with a lively conversation.