Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pucker Up!

Who does not love a tall, cold glass of lemonade?  No one!  (Well, actually I'm sure there are lots, but I don't know any.)  Well, here is the story...   My husband and I used to frequent a wonderful middle eastern restaurant near our home.  The restaurant was owned by a family.  I loved several of their dishes, but they had the most delicious lemonade that I would crave.  Later, the family sold the restaurant to others, and soon after that, it closed and now sells pancakes.  I have missed that lemonade terribly and have searched for a way to recreate it ever since.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago.  We visited a middle eastern restaurant in Tempe with an attached grocery store, Haji Baba.  While we walked through the aisles of the grocery store before lunch, I found the secret ingredient that made the lemonade of my memory so delicious! 
You can find is several places online, but at My Lebanese Grocer it was the least expensive.
Alrighty then, here is the recipe for the best lemonade you will ever taste!


This is not a sweet lemonade.  It is definitely tart.  You can always add more sugar to sweeten it up, but tart is how I like it.  

Orange Blossom Lemonade

2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (DO NOT use bottled, YUCK!)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 oz orange blossom water (2 tablespoons)
7 cups water

Add all ingredients to a large pitcher and mix with a balloon whisk.  Pour over ice.  Enjoy!

In the above picture, I want to point out a few interesting gadgets.  

First is the balloon whisk.  A balloon whisk does a great job of agitating whatever liquid you are stirring.  (See the froth on top of the lemonade.)  This model is made by OXO and is my favorite.  

Next you will see this strange measuring apparatus here with the orange blossom water. 

This is a small, plungered measuring cup that measures up to one ounce of liquid.  It is especially good for measuring things like peanut butter, shortening, or butter, but is great for liquids too.  The plunger scrapes all of the product out of the tube to give you a true measure.  I also have a 1-cup size and a 2-cup size.  They are my favorite measuring cups for sticky things.  (Thanks, Alton Brown for introducing them to me!)  I got mine from King Arthur Flour.

Here is a tip for freezing liquids.

We bought a large box of lemons from a local grower and juiced them all that same day using my trusty wooden reamer (mostly my husband).  We packaged the lemon juice in quart-sized Ziploc bags (4 cups). 
We put the bags of lemon juice in a second bag labeled with the day's date.  You can see the second bag in the picture.  Double bagging helps to keep the first bag from leaking while you are defrosting the liquid.  This works for all types of liquid, soup, spaghetti sauce, etc. 

The date is on the other bag.  You can see the date in the above picture. 

Also, I believe Haji Baba's lemonade uses rose water instead of orange blossom water.  That was delicious too so we bought a bottle of that to try as well.  

Try some of this delectable lemonade.  I'm drinking some now!

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