In the summer, it is great to get together for an afternoon in the garden or on the deck, at a picnic or a garden party. Often, this calls for festive drinks --- home-made iced coffee with vanilla gelato, limoncello with prosecco, or a sophisticated non-alcoholic lemonade.
This lemonade is a beautifully aromatic with a subtle Moroccan flavor with cinnamon and a gorgeous deep pink color.
- for the syrup:
- 4 inch slice of organic orange rind
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried rose pedals (available in natural living stores)
- 2 tablespoon of dried hibiscus flower (available in natural living stores)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar
for the lemonade:
- 3/4 cup of fresh pressed lemon juice
- half gallon of water
I got the orange rind of the one orange I grew over the last year…
These are the dry ingredients for the syrup.
Add to water and sugar in a sauce pan, and bring to a boil for 1 min. Dissolve the sugar and turn off the heat. Let steep for about 30min.
Meanwhile, juice about 5 lemons to get 3/4 cup of lemon juice.
Pour the lemon juice in a large container. Pour the syrup through a sieve and add to the container. Fill with water, and chill the lemonade. Serve with ice cubes.