I love beets. I especially love their color. As I’m the only one here who does, and there are roughly 100 beet plants growing in my garden, I need to find creative ways to use them. What’s more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than lemonade? Beet lemonade! Isn’t it beautiful?
The idea didn’t come to me until I’d already made a batch of plain lemonade. My lemonade recipe is fairly standard and simple- I squeezed enough lemons (roughly 6) to make 1 cup lemon juice. I combined a cup of water and a cup of sugar to a small pot and heated until the sugar dissolved to make a simple syrup. I added the syrup, lemon juice and about 5 cups of water to a glass jar and chilled. I then washed, peeled and grated a small beet. I’m guessing it made about 1/4 cup.
I poured the lemonade and grated beet into my super mixer and blended for 20 seconds or so. This didn’t completely pulverize the beet, but it was fine enough I didn’t mind it. Next time I’ll run it all through a fine mesh strainer to remove any bits.
It was just enough beet to make a beautiful color and taste. I didn’t want the beet to overpower the lemon. It’s even toddler approved. As was the chocolate she ate just before having a sip.