This was the very first blog I wrote on March 15, 2014:

We all know the saying…When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.

For the first time in my life, I have taken this quote to heart. Life has definitely thrown many lemons my way this year. With these lemons come choices…be bitter and give Satan the victory, or give Christ the victory by making lemonade.

I have chosen to make lemonade.

However, have you ever had to make lemonade from scratch? The instant Crystal Light mix with water is easy, but lemonade from scratch takes time and preparation.

How to Make Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. of sugar
  • 5 c. of water
  • 6 to 8 lemons
  • ice
  • sprigs of basil, mint, rosemary or thyme
  • slices of lemon
  • sprigs of lavender or nasturtium flowers
  • 1 c. of lime juice
  • 1 c. of Meyer lemon juice
  • grenadine
  • 3 quarter-sized slices of ginger
  • sparkling water
  • measuring cup
  • sauce pan
  • knife and board
  • juicer or citrus reamer
  • pitcher

Instructions:

Make the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and 1 c. of the water in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over low heat to dissolve sugar.  Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat to cool.

Squeeze the lemons. Roll each lemon over your cutting board, pressing down as you do. This will help them to release their juice.  Cut in half and squeeze.  Repeat until you have one cup.  You may not need all the lemons but try to save at least one half if you want to garnish your glasses.

Combine. Add the cooled syrup to your pitcher, followed by the lemon juice and the remaining 4 cups of water. Stir.  Taste and adjust: add a few tablespoons of sugar if it needs to be sweeter or the juice of 1/2 lemon if it needs more tartness.

Add ice.  Add ice to pitcher if you think you will drink the whole pitcher right away. Otherwise add ice to each glass. 

Garnish.  It’s optional, but garnishes are fun.  Try a slice of fruit, a sprig of mint or other herb, or a flower such as lavender or nasturtium.  If you’ve infused the simple syrup with an herb (see below) its helpful to garnish the glass with the herb used.

Do you have some lemons to give to God? God can make any bitter situation sweet as lemonade.

Go make lemonade!

PS: I’ve experienced so many lemons since posting this first blog, but little by little God has been making lemonade…I have a feeling it’s almost time to pour a glass and say CHEERS!

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