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Jalapeno Cucumber Lemonade is an exciting variation of a popular summer beverage. A hint of heat adds an unexpected twist to the summertime favorite. This recipe is great on its own or mixed with vodka or tequila for an adults-only treat.
Jalapeno Cucumber Lemonade
A hint of heat adds an unexpected twist to this refreshing summertime favorite. The key to striking the right balance with recipe is to start with small amounts of jalapeno and gradually add more until you find just the right level of spice to suit your tastes. It’s a lot easier to add more than it is to adjust everything else to compensate for too much heat. This recipe is great on its own or mixed with vodka or tequila for an adults-only treat.
Prep time: 15 minutes
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- 3 cups water
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice (6-8 medium lemons)
- 1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, finely minced
- 1/3 cup honey
- lemon wedges
- jalapeno chunks or slices
- cucumber chunks or slices
- rosemary sprigs with lower leaves removed
Place the water, lemon juice, cucumber, jalapeno, and honey in a blender and blend until completely liquefied.
Taste and add more jalapeno and/or honey, if desired. Blend again if necessary.
Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to remove any larger particles.
Transfer the strained mixture to a large pitcher.
Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
To serve, pour over ice and garnish with slices of lemon, cucumber, and/or jalapeno. For a fancier presentation, thread chunks of cucumber and jalapeno onto sprigs of rosemary to garnish each glass.