Monday, June 16, 2008

just say no to powder mix, son

I'm a big fan of fresh lemonade and real brewed ice tea. But since I'm usually the only one drinking it, it's silly to make a giant piutcher for one. I found a way to make my own single serving version in portable containers. Which is great when you're on the run into town and want a cold drink for the road, or have been out in the garden and need something instantly cold and sweet to boost up your blood sugar. Enter - MasonAdes.

Ingredients
Box of pint mason jars (with lids)
Fresh lemons
Water
Ice cubes
Sugar
Lemon juice
Black tea bags
Fresh mint or lemon verbena from the garden

MasonAdes are soda-can sized servings of hand-squeezed lemonade or iced Tea. You can make enough for a whole weekend in about 5 minutes, which makes me wonder how powdered mix ever even made it in the public market?

Take your jars and fill them up half way with cold water. Then cut half a lemon and squeeze it's juice into the jar and then plop the whole half into the jar as well, making the water tart and filled with little bits of pulp and flavor. If you really want to kick the tartness up - add some fresh lemon juice (about a teaspoon) to it as well. Then add as much sugar as you feel appropriate (depending on mood and heat it could be as little as a teaspoon or as much as 2 tablespoons) and then top it off with ice. Seal the lid and shake the hell out of it till it's one big frothy delight.

I make a few of these and stash them in the fridge. Instead of grabbing a can of soda, I grab a cold jar of real lemonade. Which not only tastes amazing, but feels a little more authentic than most beverages. MasonAdes can also be made into iced tea - which is a healthier alternative. I just pour hot water from a kettle into room-temperature jars with a black tea-bag and let it cool on the kitchen counter. Then I add in a little lemon slice and a pinch of sugar, some ice, and a sprig of lemon verbena or mint and let it sit in the fridge alongside the jars of lemonade. When it's cold enough to condense water off the sides, it's manna from the still.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll find that in the summer you can leave those sucker rights outside while you garden on a hot day and make "sun tea" it works pissa and if you use honey to sweeten you won't even have to wait for the sugar to dissolve.

p.s. Ben and the girls say hello

June 16, 2008 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Christa said...

Looks great Jenna! I love the idea of the mason jars. Did you figure out if the pests were tortoise beetles? i went to take a picture of them and couldn't find one! I will check again today.

June 17, 2008 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

you were right! and the research i found said they don't actaully deter the plants growth! thanks!

June 17, 2008 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger little black forest said...

mason jar portions, what a great idea!.

June 18, 2008 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger k8 said...

Mason jars are the best. I use them as to-go glasses with coffee hot out the French press.

Also, sun tea is enormously tasty. If there's any sweet fern growing about your property, I recommend - it makes a fantastic sun tea.

July 6, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

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