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Sundays are generally dedicated to grocery shopping and even though I take my sweet time to actually get out and get going, I truly enjoy strolling in the store! Not only do I love buying fresh produce and making mental notes of the dishes I’ll make over the next week, I also love observing other people’s buying behaviors! 

This week I saw major activity in the soda/sparkling water aisle. I saw the lemonade shelf almost empty. I picked up one to check the ingredients and saw a ton of unwanted preservatives and added flavours. I’m a big fan of freshly prepared lemonade so I dropped that bottled one right there, walked back to the produce aisle, and handpicked shiny Mexican limes to get started on this absolutely delectable and refreshing summer drink! 

Back in India, you would see a lemonade stand in every corner and a wide range of lemonade variety would be offered during summers. Known as “Shikanj”’, this version of lemonade is known to be healthier and perfect to quench that summer thirst! I have some amazing memories associated with this recipe. Summer break used to be spent playing outside in that tropical heat. A quick break included this chilled homemade drink along with my favourite snacks! 

Sharing this summer-ready recipe here: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lime (it’s tangier than lemon)
  • 4-5 tbsp agave or any plant-based sweetener 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice or ginger powder (crush fresh ginger and press it over the lemonade in the end) 
  • Mint leaves (optional) 
  • 4-5 c water

Method: 

  1. Squeeze the juice of the lime. Add agave and water. Stir this mix for 2-3 mins. 
  2. Add the salt and the ginger juice 
  3. Crush mint leaves and garnish on top

Easy-peasy lemon squeezy, right? This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Ditch those bottled lemonades for this freshly prepared one! This recipe is known to help with dehydration, indigestion and dewy skin is a bonus! 

What’s that one summer drink from your childhood that you still love? 

Madhu Narayan
Mondays with Madhu
Guest blogger, Plant Life Meals