Spiced Lemonade

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Author: Sharradin Desri

This drink is very popular in Ebou Dar. A simpler version is sold on the streets.

Makes 4 drinks - Recipe can be halved or doubled.

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
  • 1 cup club soda OR seltzer water, chilled
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Remove rind in pieces from lemon with swivel-bladed vegetable peeler; avoid any bitter white pith.

Combine water, sugar, lemon rind, allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, crystallized ginger and nutmeg in small saucepan. Bring to simmering; simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Strain into pitcher and chill; discard solids.

To serve, stir in lemon juice and club soda. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprigs, if you wish.