Everyone is getting sick, right? It seems like this time of year is the blah time, it’s no longer fun for the weather to turn to snow because Christmas is way over and spring is juuuust close enough to tease us with a few 40 degree days that make me want to lay outside for a tan. It feels like I have been (and everyone else!) fighting off a carousel of sicknesses, blah feeling and overall yearning for the weather to turn and for things to change. Although I don’t mind snuggling in with my cat and finding excuses to drink hot toddies, I’m really just ready for a little bit of warmer temperatures and opportunities to spend time outside.
If you know me in real life, you will know that I am a really sweaty person (too much? Sorry!). I can basically sweat in any situation, even if it’s freezing but I get nervous or something of the like, I will start to sweat and it (unfortunately) will keep going throughout most of the day. Also, sorry if you’ve ever given me an unexpected high five in August. Oops. Needless to say, summer isn’t my best friend as far as comfort goes sometimes, but I will take a little more sunshine over snow and below zero wind chills.
The moral of this gross story is that I do love the warmth and sun, but sometimes I need a little something to cool off with (or to remind me to drink more water). The vanilla sugar in this lemonade is a perfect touch to an already perfect drink and isn’t completely necessary if you don’t have it around, but it just takes it to the next level.
Also, don’t drink this with anyting super spicy or tart, it’s not really a great combination, word to the wise. (aka I tried to drink this while eating some realllly spicy jalapeno salsa and it was NO good).
Also also, add a little rum to this, plop in a tiny umbrella and let’s go to the beach, deal?
- For the simple syrup:
- 1/3 cup vanilla sugar (1/3 cup sugar mixed with 1 vanilla bean, scraped)
- 3/4 cup water
- Juice of 3–4 lemons
- 1–2 lemons (sliced)
- Juice of 1–2 limes
- 1 lime (sliced)
- 4–6 cups water
- Extras Add Ins:
- Sliced kiwis
- Sliced Oranges
- Any extra cut up fruit will work!
- For the simple syrup: In a microwave safe bowl, combine the water and vanilla sugar, stirring until sugar is partially dissolved. Microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until sugar can be stirred into the water and dissolved thoroughly.
- In a large pitcher, combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, sliced fruits, water and a little extra vanilla extract (if desired). Adjust according to taste, adding more sugar if necessary. Start out by adding 4 cups of water, add more if desired.