We all have heard the oh so trite adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Two things though, lemonade gives me acid reflux something terrible and I like something a little more refined. Seriously, can we have some lavender or elderberry splashed in there. But I digress. These lemons are on sale, they are in my cart and I have no idea what I am going to do with them?
I have become repulsed by water lately (stick with me this will not be a *itch fest, I promise). I thought I found my savior in the most unlikely of places. Minute Maid released a flavor enhancer that I fell in love with. But like most intense love affairs it was fleeting. I refuse to look into what happened for fear of what I will find out. I am sure it had to be awful for the product to be yanked off of every store shelf so abruptly.
I need to drink water for all of the obvious reasons. However, I need a “chaser”. So I hit the kitchen early Saturday morning equipped with my MacBook and some positivity. I scanned the cabinets for what I could mix together to create to my very own water enhancer. I started with those lemons I purchased earlier this week, pure vanilla (I put vanilla flavoring in EVERYTHING), and coconut sugar.
(Ignore the buttercream cake from Wegmans in the background 👀)
I scanned the computer for a recipe to create a simple syrup from coconut sugar. I tend to not follow recipes (more on that later), but I did need an outline because I have never used this medium before. I found what I was looking for at Coconut Mama.
I was simply to use 2 parts sugar, 1 part water. BUT…remember how I said I don’t follow recipes, this one was no exception.
2 c. Coconut Sugar
2 c. Filtered Water
2 tbsps Madagascar Vanilla
6 Lemons (juiced)
I had to get all jazzy (which remember I like) and use a candy thermometer. Thing is, I think I need a new one because mine would not move past 225 degrees. Bummer! Good thing Coconut Mama included a recommended amount of time to boil the sugar mixture.
Since patience is not a virtue I’ve acquired quite yet. I scoured the pantry for a tea bag (I’m a coffeeholic so locating these herbs are rare) and found a nice green and steeped it.
Recipes exist for a reason. I will continue to be creative in my culinary adventures while remembering that very fact.
My flavor enhancer lacks the sweetness to function as I would like it to. Don’t get me wrong, it is delicious! But a great deal of it is needed, minimizing the intended result of having a low-calorie sweetener to add to my water.
Sometimes we make life less sweet when we veer too far away from what we know is the recipe for a peaceful, happy life.
My Kitchen is the Most Therapeutic Place on the Planet….