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Smoked Berry Lemonade

Prep Time: 10 - 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

You can always beat the heat of summer with a cool glass of lemonade, but if you're aiming to conquer it, then this refreshment is what you need! A perfect blend of juicy berries and tangy lemon mixes well with the smoky-sweet taste of the simple syrup. Go on, indulge!

Ingredients

  • 2 Bags lemons (2 cups juiced)
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • Hot water
  • 1 Carton berries of choice (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.)
  • Club soda

Equipment

  • Lemon juicer
  • Measuring cups
  • Tin pan(s)
  • Muddler
  • Plastic wrap

Directions

The most important part of this recipe is that the completed Smoked Berry Lemonade is equal parts fresh lemon juice and Smoked Simple Syrup.

Simple Syrup Prep

Pour two cups of sugar into a singular tin pan, or between a couple pans.

Notice the line where the sugar level is at within the pan - when you add the hot water to the pan, the simple syrup that you are creating, should never be higher than the sugar level line was at the beginning. i.e. if the sugar fills the pan half way, the simple syrup should fill the pan half way.

Slowly add hot water to the sugar and mix as you add to create the simple syrup.

NOTE: Only add hot water to the sugar until it has dissolved.

Simple Syrup Cook

Turn your grill to “Smoke” mode, place the tin(s) of simple syrup on the grill for 1 hour, or until your desired amount of smokiness is reached.

When finished, remove the Smoked Simple Syrup from the grill and let cool for 10-15 minutes (you don’t want to add hot to cold right away and risk cracking you glasses or your pitcher).

Lemon Juice Prep (prep while the simple syrup is smoking)

Juice the lemons into a measuring cup until you have 2 cups juiced. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the simple syrup has finished smoking.

Smoked Berry Lemonade Pitcher Prep

In a 1-liter pitcher add your berries and 1/4 cup of Smoked Simple Syrup. Muddle the berries into the simple syrup. Add the remaining 1¾ cups of Smoked Simple Syrup and the 2 cups of fresh lemon juice. Stir until mixed. Fill the remainder of the pitcher with club soda.

Chill for at least an hour (or add ice to glasses).

Serve and enjoy!

Smoked Berry Lemonade Individual Prep

Add 1 tbsp. of Smoked Simple Syrup to your glass, then add desired berries. Muddle the berries into the simple syrup. Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to balance.

From there add equal parts fresh lemon juice and Smoked Simple Syrup. Add ice, and top with club soda.

Enjoy!!

May be served with mint as well to add a refreshing kick!

Recipe from Louisiana Grills.

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