It's lemonade season, give yourself a break from your regular lemonade recipes and make jalapeno lemonade. It's mildly spiced with a hint of jalapeno flavors. Perfect enough to spice up and hydrate your day.
The aroma of jalapeno is not overpowering and well balanced with the refreshing lemon's natural flavor. You could still feel the taste of both these ingredients in a delightful way.
Making this jalapeno lemonade for a lemonade stand or for a party, there is something to surprise everybody. Stir them up, pour them in glasses, enjoy the weather by keeping you chilled.
Generally, a lemonade does not need a recipe. All you want to know about the quantity of lemon juice and sugar. As long as you are good enough in taste testing, you may just make it by guesswork.
But this jalapeno lemonade is a little different from any other recipe. A proper recipe will land you on a pleasing drink that you can expect of.
Jalapeno simple syrup. This is a homemade syrup, it just needs a few minutes of your time. If you have fresh, frozen, or roasted jalapeno, half of the work is already done. Just toss in the sugar syrup cook for 10 minutes. Yes, that's it. This jalapeno syrup is easy that talks about all the possible variations, It's worth checking it.
Lemon. Fresh lemon is preferable, no industrial products can match the natural flavors and its extraordinary scent. I prefer staying with fresh lemons as it is a good source of vitamin C.
I always have a stockpile of lemon in my refrigerator, it comes handy to flavor up anything you name. So getting them fresh is my first choice. But if you have other choices that you regularly use, feel free to use them up.
Water/sparkling water. Both are equally good. Opt for unsweetened sparkling water, as the jalapeno syrup is the source of the sweet in here. And stir in just before serving to retain the fizz.
Make the syrup. In a pan add water, jalapeno slices, and sugar. Bring it to rolling boil over medium heat. Turn the heat to low, and cook further for 10 minutes. Stain the jalapeno slices and allow the syrup to turn to room temperature. For detailed steps and more uses, check this exclusive jalapeno syrup.
Mix and combine. In a large pitcher, combine jalapeno syrup, lemon juice, water, and ice cubes. Stir until syrup dilutes with water and does not stay at the bottom.
Transfer. Serve in tall glasses, fill half of the glass with ice cubes. And pour the jalapeno lemonade over ice cubes..
Garnish. With lemon wedges, or candies jalapeno slices.
Tips and ideas for serving
Each of us has a different spice level tolerance, plan, and serve accordingly.
Taste test. If you are highly sensitive towards the heat, it is wise to make 3/4 of the required quantity. Test the taste, and adjust and increase the quantity as needed.
The glasses. Select long glasses, that has got room for garnishing with lemon slices.
Ice cubes. Combine ice cubes just before consuming, as they might dilute and you will end up in making jalapeno water.
Midday. Midday is the ideal time for enjoying. However, you may infuse your drink for the evening.
Side salad. Serve along with cucumber, watermelon, muskmelon, or honeydew. This combo works really well which makes you keep drinking more.
How to store the leftover?
Refrigerate. I have never had leftovers for this jalapeno lemonade. However, the leftovers are refrigerated friendly and stay good for 2 days.
Kitchen counter. It tastes good for up to 8 hours when kept in the kitchen counter.
Freeze. Freeze, and surprise the family with jalapeno slushie.
When planning for a large quantity. Store all the ingredients separately in the refrigerator. And combine along when needed.
Mint. The Majority of the vote is for mint leaves for the lemonade. Stir in few mint leaves, and feel the breeze around you.
Watermelon. Use watermelon as garnishing, it also gives a vibrant look and great for serving at the large gathering.
Basil. Another herb seconds the above. Make sure to add a little quantity, as it may take over the jalapeno's fragrance.
Cucumber. For garnishing add long thinly sliced cucumbers, to looks more appealing.
Strawberry. Cut 3-4 strawberry into halves. And toss them to the pitcher. This strawberry jalapeno lemonade is a keeper recipe.
Berry. Summer berries likes, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry are also delectable alternatives to consider.
Though many flavors of simple syrups available in the market, I did not have a chance to see them in the stores. Fortunately, making them at home is super easy like making your tea. So, consider this DIY and save your pockets.
If you are thinking about getting a store-bought lemonade, I would suggest getting ready-made lemon juice. Because the store-bought lemonades already loaded with sugar and would contradict with our homemade jalapeno simple syrup.
Yes. To alternate, stir in sugar and a slice of jalapeno. Remove the pith and the seeds jalapeno prior, to make the lemonade less heat.
For the syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 slices jalapeno remove pith and seeds
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 4 cups sparkling water
- 1 cup ice cubes
For the syrup
- Over medium heat, place a pan. And add water, sugar, and jalapeno slices.
- Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring it to rolling boil.
- Reduce the heat to low. And cook for 10 minutes.
- Strain and discard the jalapeno slices.
- And allow it to reach the room temperature.
- In a large pitcher, add lemon juice, sparkling water, jalapeno syrup, and ice cubes.
- Stir until all the ingredients combined.
- Transfer to serving glasses, and add ice cubes more if desired.