I don’t know about you, but where I live – it’s been hot. Like record-setting hot.
And lemonade tastes so cool and refreshing on days like this.
It always brings me back to the super hot August days when I would spend a week at the youth fair showing my horse. We’d spend all day in long pants and boots and had to wear long sleeves during our classes – with a cowboy hat or helmet to boot! It was dreadful hot most years and I loved to head over to the carnival and grab a lemonade whenever I could.
Then I grew up and realized how bad sugar was for me (because I ate a lot of it….). I began to cut out most sugar from my diet and saw very positive changes in my overall health and in my fertility, but I still miss nostalgic drinks like lemonade, no matter how long it’s been since I’ve had one.
Making my own was definitely better as I could cut back the sugar, but it was still a bit much for me. So I began to double ferment by water kefir with fresh lemon juice and it definitely fulfills that craving!
So instead of making lemonade full of sugar, try this version. The fact that it contains probiotics makes it even better!
- 3½ cups warm water, about 80 degrees or so (if you have city water make sure to boil and cool or let it set out for 12 hours first to get rid of the chlorine)
- ¼ cup sugar - I prefer evaporated cane sugar when making lemonade as it's lighter in color and flavor
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ½ - one whole lemon
- water kefir grains, about 2-4 tablespoons
- Dissolve ¼ cup sugar in the water and add the grains. I like to use a one quart mason jar for making water kefir.
- Cover with a thin towel or cloth and rubberband. Let sit for 24 - 48 hours or until it bubbles when you move it.
- Strain out the kefir grains.
- Depending on how much lemon flavor you like (I like a lot) squeeze in fresh lemon juice from a whole lemon and the additional 2 teaspoons sugar. Allow it to sit out for another 24-48 hours, either lightly covered (for non-fizzy) or use a two-part canning lid (for fizzy).
- Chill completely and serve.
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