When Life Gives You Lemons…

August 20, 2014 is National Lemonade Day! Lemonade originated in the Mediterranean region in the 13th century and the recipe eventually made its way to Europe and then to America. The beverage was sold as an everyday refreshment and as a tonic, used to treat colds and other ailments. In France, you could purchase a glass from street vendors known as “lemonadiers.”

To celebrate National Lemonade Day, make your own homemade lemonade to share with friends and family. Dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of hot water. Then stir in 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 gallon of cold water. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!


Fun Recipes:

wpid-january-28-2012_32large-634633807562957459Pink Lemonade Jello Shots:


12 whole lemons
1 cup pink lemonade
2 packages plain gelatin
1 cup vodka


Cut the lemons in half. Scoop out the insides. Add the lemonade to a saucepan; sprinkle the gelatin over the juice. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Heat the lemonade over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vodka. Pour into the lemon halves. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Cut the lemons into half and serve.

Lemonade Cucumber Popsicles: Lemonade-Cucumber-Spa-Popsicles2-blog

*Makes 3 cups of popsicle mix

1 cup julienned seedless Cucumber
1 fresh squeezed Lemon, remove any seeds
2 cups cold Water
Natural Sweetener added to taste (use your favorite).
Maple Syrup, Honey & Agave are good too.


Slice lemon in half & squeeze it over a strainer into 2 cups of cold water. Sweeten lemon water to taste with your favorite sweetener. Fill popsicle molds 2/3 with lemonade. Freeze uncovered for about 1 hour. Take pops out of freezer. Scrape & stir any ice crystals that have formed. Add a spoonful of the julienned cucumber to the pop molds. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of room at the top of your popsicle mold so they don’t overflow when you add the stick. With a popsicle stick or a butter knife, press the cucumber into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Add your popsicle sticks, freeze pops for another 3-4 hours until solid.

Skin Brightening Lemon Scrub: natural_ways_to_lighten_skin


½ cup sugar
½ a lemon freshly squeezed
1 cup olive, jojoba, or almond oil

Mix all ingredients together. Apply to your body by starting at the feet and working your way up. Massage in a circular motion, then shower it off


Spa Lemonade Recipes

Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe (Serves 1):

1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ cup of raw sugar or ¼ cup raw honey or xylitol
4 cups of water
1 cup fresh organic blueberries, stems removed (reserve 5-6 blueberries)
1/3 cup fresh mint (reserve 1-2 leaves)

Juice the lemons and transfer juice into a large pitcher.
Add the sugar (or other sweetener) and the water and stir well to combine and dissolve the sugar.
Add the blueberries and mint.
Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and the mint is finely chopped. Let the flavors sit for 1 hour and then pour the mixture into another pitcher through a strainer to remove the blueberry skins and mint leaves.
Garnish with the reserve (5-6) whole blueberries and a few mint leaves.


Lavender Lemonade

Yields a little over one quart
4 cups of water
4 fresh organic lemons, squeezed and seeds strained out (but leave in some of the pulp)
1 tbsp dried lavender buds
1/8 cup raw blue agave nectar
Pour one cup of boiling water over lavender buds.
Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Combine remaining 3 cups of water with lemon juice.
Mix with steeped lavender water.
Add agave nectar and stir.
Chill before serving.