Gluten Free Garden Party Lemonade Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on June 1, 2008

Some things are hard to swallow. Like bitter pills, over-cooked meat and one’s pride. I bring this up because until recently I thought I made the world’s best lemonade.

Mind you it was nothing fancy. Just pure water, fresh lemons, sugar and ice. No additions like pureed fruit or grenadine. In fact, I am somewhat of a purist when it comes to lemonade. I have always believed that the sweet tart elixir stood on its own. I was kind of a lemonade snob, if you will.

That was until a few days ago when I tasted a friend’s lemony, cucumber, dill concoction! Ahhh, so refreshing. I have found my new summer drink. This lemonade is like a trip to the spa. Somehow I feel virtuous drinking it. In my mind, the cucumber cancels out the sugar.

Although I tweaked my friend’s recipe a bit I cannot, alas, take the credit for this great summer drink.

So while my pride may be hard to swallow, this lemonade is certainly not!

Gluten Free Garden Party Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 5 or 6 lemons)
1 seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 sprigs of fresh dill, roughly chopped
¾ – 1 cup sugar
1 cup crushed ice
4 cups water
Optional garnishes – lemon slices, dill sprigs, cucumber spears

Directions

Put lemon juice, cucumber, dill, sugar (start with ¾ cup – you can add more later if you want it sweeter), ice and about 1 cup of water in a blender. Blend for about a minute. Pour into a pitcher and mix with the rest of the water. Taste and add more sugar if desired. If I add more sugar, I pour some of the lemonade back into the blender and add the sugar to that, whirl for a few seconds and then stir it into the rest of the mixture.

Pour over ice, garnish with any, all or none of the optional garnishes and enjoy!

Servings

Makes 6 cups of gluten free lemonade, enough for 8 -12 glasses.

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Categories:    Cocktails & Drinks
glamah16 June 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm

I would probally like this. Like a Pimms Cup has cucumber in ti and oddly it tastes good. Most unusual.I bet its a thirst quencher.

White On Rice Couple June 1, 2008 at 5:24 pm

It takes a real man, woman in this case, to swallow their pride and admit defeat. This dill infused beverage does look like a winner, but from the purist perspective, I still choose your straight up lemonade as the best!

Precious Pea June 1, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Looks really refreshing. Perfect drink for those living in tropical places like me. I will give this a try.

Nick June 1, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Lemon aide snob? You must be one if you spell it “lemon aide” =)! I’m sure yours is just as good. Although I recently found cucumbers to be a very interesting drink addition. I had a cucumber martini a little while ago with a high quality soju that was incredible and was recently served cucumber water at a restaurant. I was mighty impressed!

Peter G June 2, 2008 at 12:39 am

What a refreshing alternative Carol. And dill too? Sounds perfect for the warmer months.

Emiline June 2, 2008 at 2:27 am

Yum! It sounds delicious. It’s really different. I think all foodies would love this.

I tried making lemonade last summer, and it was AWFUL. So sour it burned my throat.

Jescel June 2, 2008 at 8:24 am

wow, this sounds so refreshing. i will try this next time..

chou June 2, 2008 at 9:21 am

Dill, hmmm. It sounds yummy. And different. I like lemonade with thyme in it . . . but I can’t wait to try this.

dd03 June 2, 2008 at 11:34 pm

ok…that sounds downright delicious!

will give it a try some time!

Travis Ingersoll June 3, 2008 at 6:34 pm

I would have never thought of mixing dill and cucumber into lemon aide, but it sounds delicious! Looking forward to trying this one out:)

Sheltie Girl June 3, 2008 at 7:40 pm

This sounds absolutely delicious. I have to admit to having a deep love for dill. I put it in all my tossed salads. I’ll have to give this a try, since it will give me another way to get my daily dose of dill.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Cynthia June 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

For a lemon aide snob to crown this new concoction, it must be something special. Will definitely give it a try.

Tiffany June 6, 2008 at 8:23 pm

That sounds so refreshing! Great for an outdoor party. I looove lemonaide, and I have always considered myself a snob in that way as well ;)

My Sweet & Saucy June 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! This Garden Party Lemon Aide looks delicious! Perfect for a party!

Steph September 27, 2008 at 7:27 pm

this was amazing! i was a bit skeptical at first, but i loved it! so refreshing! i halved the recipe, and drank it all!

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