My title is a rather lofty claim, and perhaps I should save such adjectives like “best” for the drink recipe that contains no less than 15 ingredients (at least more than three). But, then again, one of my eating/cooking philosophies is that simple food can be very good. And the gallons of lemonade that I have drunk attest to the fact that I love this recipe.
Shannon is hosting a carnival of recipes that contain five ingredients or less. While, thankfully, most drink recipes to not contain more than 5 ingredients anyways, I still thought that this lemonade would be a perfect thing to share. First of all, it is my favorite lemonade. Secondly, it is a cinch to make. Thirdly, it is extremely healthy. Fourthly, is is very low calorie, for those watching their weight. Fifthly, is is sugar free, but doesn’t contain any of those nasty sugar substitutes, but only a little herb called stevia.This is one of the only things I have really, really liked stevia in. It really just tastes….. sweet in lemonade, instead of herby like it can in other things. It definitely has appeal to the masses. And last but not least, if you don’t count the water, you only need two ingredients to make it!
But before we get to this very easy recipe, I wanted to invite any readers here from the Works for me Wednesday to a carnival that Stephanie and I are hosting together. With rising food costs, we thought we could pool our resources by sharing recipes that are both frugal and nourishing. To often, it feels like you are choosing between healthy food, and frugal food. It doesn’t have to be the case. But it does take the right recipes and habits. If you are interested in sharing yours, we would love to have them be part of the carnival. Go here for more details.
And now, to the featured part of the program.
This recipe is as simple as juicing one lemon, putting it in a glass of water, and adding about 1/8 teaspoon of stevia. I make a glass like this all the time. But sometimes I like to make a large amount. You can play around with the ratios of water to juice to stevia, but this is the rough outline of what I do.
The Best Lemonade -heathy, easy and sweetened with stevia
Make sure you do not use the spoonable type of stevia, but the concentrated type. You can also use limes for a “limade” which is also very good.
1 cup of freshly juiced lemon juice (usually 4-6 lemons)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of stevia (or more, to taste)
6 cups of water
Combine, adjust sweetness with stevia (start low and build up) chill and serve over ice, if desired. It’s as simple and easy as that!