BM #116 : Week 5, Day 4
Theme : Lemonade Stand/Drinks platter
For the last post of this month’s mega marathon, I am here with a mix and match lemonade stand/bar. I wanted to do a drink platter and this seemed to be a good idea where you have a single base recipe (plain lemonade) and then you have options to add your own flavors to it.
There are many ways to implement this idea, but I decided to go with the easiest one. Ever since I made this strawberry mocktail, I have been hooked into Mojito styled drinks. The basic idea is to muddle/crush the fruit of your choice along with a couple of wedges of lemon, few mint leaves and sugar and then top it with water and ice. Here, I have topped it with lemonade and then decided to skip adding sugar since the lemonade already had it. You can always add more according to your preference.
You can also do this by making fruit flavored simple syrups and then keeping it in bottles alongside the lemonade. People can pour the flavor syrup(s) they want and then top it with lemonade or even water and sugar. Or yet another way is to keep fruit purées and just mix it into the lemonade.
This is the last post for the thali series and a farewell summer post is also the perfect way to say farewell to this month long blogging mega marathon!
Read on for the recipes and more pictures.
The lemonade bar has
- Melon rounds
- Watermelon puree
- Pomegranate seeds
- Mint leaves
- Lemon wedges
- Sugar/Agave (not in the picture)
- Mortar and pestle; glasses to serve
Pick fruit of your choice, few mint leaves and a couple of lemon wedges. Add to the mortar and crush with the pestle. Just 6-8 crushes would do. Not too much to make a purée.
Add this to a glass and top with lemonade. Check sweetness, add more agave for sweetness. It would be easier to dissolve.
The glasses have flavored drinks with
- Melon ball
I used a melon baller to take out balls from a watermelon and honeydew melon. I also saved the juice coming out of the fruit. The juice is really sweet and makes a good addition to the lemonade.
You can also add aerated drinks for additional flavors, but I personally don’t like it.
For watermelon flavored lemonade, I made a watermelon purée and then added some crushed mint leaves and topped with lemonade.