Habanero Lemonade

Refreshing with a bold twist…

Habanero lemonade plays with fire in all the right ways. This is one seriously bold drink that’s full of contrasts: tangy and sweet, fiery and thirst quenching. And (for the adults over 21 in the room), it’s a delicious pairing with vodka or bourbon for a memorable spicy cocktail.

INGREDIENTS  

  • 1 gallon water
  • 12 lemons
  • habanero peppers seeds removed and sliced
  • 3 cups sugar
  • Lemon slices for serving, optional

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Halve the lemons, then squeeze out the juice into a bowl. Set the bowl to the side.
  • Pour 2 cups of water into a pot and add the sugar. Bring the pot to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer.
  • Add the habanero peppers to the sugar water and continue to simmer the mix for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the pot from the heat, then remove the habanero slices from the water.
  • Place the remaining water in a large pitcher, then add the sugar water and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Put the pitcher into the refrigerator and allow the lemonade to chill for 30 minutes to one hour, at minimum.
  • Serve over ice. Add lemon slices (optional).

NOTES

Want it spicier? increase the amount of habanero used. We do not recommend leaving the habanero slices in the lemonade.

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