Elderflower syrup and mint add a refreshing twist to this fresh-squeezed lemonade!
Last spring I was in the Czech Republic at the headquarters of the mission organization I work for, Josiah Venture. We were waiting for over 140 college interns to arrive and we all went out for dinner at this adorable little restaurant. The menu was entirely in Czech and someone ordered me a lemonade and when I got it and took my first drink I LOVED (loved.loved.loved) it! It took me awhile to figure out what it was I loved so much, and the secret ingredient was: Elderflower syrup! This is commonly made in central Europe to add to beverages and desserts- but I’d never heard of it or tasted it before.
Since I don’t have Elderflower growing in Indiana, I went to my trusty Amazon and discovered that Monin makes this syrup- and it is delicious (find it here). I spent the winter adding it to hot green tea (amazing!) and now that it is spring I gave the lemonade a try- and nailed it! Seriously….you have got to try this! It’s indescribably good.
Here is how we put it together (EASY!!!!!!) Printable recipe here.
INGREDIENTS: (to make one liter, or about 34 ounces):
- 2 medium lemons
- 8-10 mint leaves, slightly crushed (give them a squeeze before you add them!)
- 3 to 4 slices of lime, halved.
- 2/3 to 1 cup of Elderflower syrup
- Club soda and ice
- Juice lemons and add juice to 1 liter carafe (note: in my photos I used a half-liter size, which is fun to drink right out of with a long straw!)
- Place mint leaves, lime slices, and syrup in carafe.
- Fill with ice to about 2/3 full.
- Add club soda until filled- stir well and serve in individual glasses.
My thoughts: Well, in case you didn’t catch this earlier in the post: I LOVE THIS BEVERAGE!!!!! If you like your lemonade sweet add a little more syrup. If you like it tart, add less. Add some different fruits if you like- I think some sweet raspberries might be good crushed into this too. Yum. You really need to try this!!! 🙂 ~r
I enjoyed mine on my back porch- right out of the 1/2 liter carafe 🙂
One of my favorite parts of travel is discovering new international recipes to try. Here are a few from the past: (click on a photo to see the recipe!)
Last year we were on holidays in Prague. Near the Petrin station there is a bar (ice, cake, coffee etc.) that showed that Bezinka (and Mazinka) on their menu. We tried both (yep, it was warm that day in July…) and absolutely loved them. Back in Germany we tried to mix it by using the Monin syrup, too. Excellent. Actually we found a 1 litre syrup at IKEA, but will try that tomorrow. Well, 4 weeks to go and we will be there once again in Prague. 😉
Nice! I tried the syrup from IKEA and did not like it as much as the Monin, but maybe you will feel differently! I will be back in Prague in September, and I can’t wait! When you are there, look for IPPA Cafe’- there are several of them- they have the *best* desserts! 🙂 I love their větrník (basically a delicious caramel cream puff).