To say I am obsessed with Lemonade is an understatement. Lemonade is a southern California chain of cafeteria style restaurants that serve the most delicious fresh cold salads, perfect portion sandwiches and even some braised meats. I don’t think there’s a person alive who could not find a dish that appeals to them in this restaurant. As a result of my obsession and my desire to remake Lemonade’s delicious recipes, I decided to purchase their cookbook. Of course the first recipe from my new cookbook had to be a lemonade recipe and trust me it did not disappoint. Perfect balance of sweet with just a little heat.
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 10 lemons
2 green apples, cored and chopped
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
2 cups sugar
6 cups filtered water
Ice, to serve
In a blender, combine the apple, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar and lemon juice. Pulse the apple mixture a few times, then blend on high speed for two minutes, until the apple breaks down and becomes smoothie-like.
Strain the apple puree through a fine-mesh sieve and into a pitcher, pressing the solids through with the back of a spoon until you have about two cups. Pour in the water, stirring with a wooden spoon until the apple puree fully dissolves and mixes thoroughly with the ice.
Recipe c/o Lemonade LA Cookbook.