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TIP OF THE DAY: Spicy Lemonade

Someone gave us a box of Crystal Light On The Go Natural Flavor Lemonade, in individual-portion packets.

They let you mix up a refreshing lemonade wherever you find a glass or bottle of cold water. We’ve become hooked—a surprise to us, as we haven’t liked other mixes we’ve tried—and this one has just five calories per glass! So congrats to Crystal Light for the excellent lemon flavor.

After we used up the individual packets—in one day—we raced to the supermarket to buy the pitcher-size packets, which make two quarts. While 64 ounces of lemonade sounds like a lot, it’s the equivalent of four 16-ounce bottles. We’ve been going through a pitcher a day.

We’ve also been playing with flavor variations.

  • Mint. A sprig of crushed fresh mint is great, but you can also use a drop of mint extract.

    It’s really delicious! Spice it up for flavor fun. Photo courtesy Crystal Light.


  • Cayenne. A pinch of cayenne makes spicy lemonade. Add it pinch by pinch to the glass until you get your desired level of heat; or start with 1/2 teaspoon in a pitcher.
  • Ginger. The same works with ginger, which has a tastier spiciness than cayenne.
  • Pink peppercorns. Not actual pepper but a berry from another tree (the Baies rose plant—details), these add a very mild flavor at best. But they look pretty in the glass. You can add them to the cayenne and ginger recipes.
  • Savory Herbs. If you have fresh basil, rosemary or thyme, you can also add a sprig to your lemonade. Lightly crushing the herbs before adding them to the glass or pitcher will release the flavorful oils.
    We love all the variations, but will be serving pitchers of spicy lemonade on Cinco de Mayo. Yes, you can add Tequila…and gin and vodka.

    Want To Make Lemonade From Scratch?

    Here’s the recipe.


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