Lemonade SparklerRecipe courtesy Heather Ramsdell: Makes one drink Skip the straw and get your nose close to the sunny scent of a long, thin spiral of zest. It makes this sparkly homemade lemonade even more refreshing.:
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
2 ounces simple syrup, recipe below
2 ounces gin, optional
1 sprig mint
- Wash the outside of the lemon. Use a sharp citrus peeler to shave a long, continuous strip of lemon zest. If the strip breaks, start right up where you left off.
- Put some ice into a 16-ounce tumbler. Spiral the long strip of zest inside the glass from bottom to top, adding ice as you go to keep it in place.
- Halve and juice the lemon. Put the lemon hulls, lemon juice, simple syrup (plus the alcohol if you are using it) into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake very well and strain into the glass. Clap a sprig of mint between your palms and tuck into the glass. Top with sparkling water and enjoy.