Monday, July 2, 2012

Drinking: Salty Lemonade

One of the weird things about me is that I enjoy browsing grocery stores. I can spend hours in grocery stores, walking around, touching stuff, making decisions, taking notes of things I have to look up when I get home.

I have known about preserved lemons for years. I even tried to make them once, but that failed pretty spectacularly. Everyone says it's mad easy to make your own preserved lemons so I did not want to buy a whole jar of lemons, especially if I wasn't sure that I like the taste of them. However, I discovered I could buy a solitary preserved lemon from the olive/cheese counter at my local middle eastern grocery store. (Another plus to grocery store browsing!) One preserved lemon for $1.25! Count me in!

Now, I just needed a recipe or two. I made some pasta with kale and onions and threw in some preserved lemon as a garnish. Pretty tasty.

And then.... lemonade. Could I make lemonade with preserved lemons? Like any good idea, it's been done and done and done. In fact this drink is a traditional Vietnamese drink called Salted Lemonade.

Salty Lemonade:
1 wedge of preserved lemon
2 teaspoons sugar
squirt of lemon juice
water
ice

Muddle preserved lemon and sugar. Add water, ice, and lemon juice.

Be careful with the balance of sugar and salt. It's supposed to be a tiny bit salty, but not extremely. I added some lemon juice at the end but it's not traditional. I like it because it gives the drink a more 'classic' lemonade feel. This drink would be amazing on a hot, hot, hot summer day and an easy way to replace some electrolytes!