It is most definitely Spring here. The sun is shining, little bumblebees are flying around and the herbs in my window boxes are looking super happy and bright. It felt like time to bring some of that sunshine into the kitchen. This was the result; a delicately sweet, lemonade with a herbal twist and a bit of heat. It’s like sipping a glass of all of my favourite things. I can already see many variations of this being made in the weeks of spring and summer to come (I recently made a sparkling fennel, cardamom and aniseed concoction and it was insanely refreshing!).
Making drinks is my jam and I’m always having fun seeing what flavours work well together, whether it’s in a warm plant milk based drink or a cool tea based one. This particular one isn’t too out there and hippie-like, it’s much simpler and will go down well with people who aren’t that into herbal drinks (and with people who are crazy for herbs, like me).
Making your own drink to sip away on is much, much better for you than buying pre-made stuff from the shop. Less sugar, no nasty preservatives and it’ll be much cheaper too. Plus, there’s all the benefits of each of these wonderful ingredients and you feel a little fancy (or like some type of cool witchy plant goddess) mixing everything together.
Ginger & Sage Lemonade
Makes approx. 500ml
- 500ml fresh water
- 8 fresh sage leaves
- 2 1/2 large lemons, juice
- 2 inch ginger, chopped
- liquid sweetener of your choice (e.g. maple syrup or raw honey) to taste (I went for 2 heaped tsp manuka honey).
- In a saucepan, add the water, ginger and sage. Bring to a boil.
- Take off the heat and stir in your sweetener.
- Let cool slightly, transfer into the jar or jug you are going to store it in and add the lemon juice, stir.
- Place in the fridge and let brew overnight.
- Strain and serve over ice (and with sparkling water if you fancy some fizz!).