You may never make lemonade with just water and lemons again. (And you certainly won’t use that powdered stuff anymore!)
The inspiration for this concoction came from the strangest of places: my desire to have naturally sun-highlighted (high-lit?) hair.
A couple of summers ago I whipped up a super-concentrated mixture of lemon juice and chamomile tea, took off to the beach, and drenched my hair in the stuff. I don’t think I was in the sun long enough (fair skin=sun burn) for any noticeable hair lightening, but I did think to myself, “I bet this stuff would be good with some honey and stevia!” And thus, chamomile lemonade was born.
-6 chamomile tea bags, steeped
-1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (approximately 10 lemons)
-2 TBS honey
-2 teaspoons Stevia (approximate equivalent of 2 cups sugar)
Bring water to a boil; add tea bags; turn off burner; steep for 15-20 minutes. Combine tea, lemon juice, and sweeteners in a 1 gallon pitcher. Add water to fill; stir. Chill and serve.
Tip for getting the most juice out of lemons (or limes or oranges): place in microwave for 30-60 seconds, then firmly roll the fruit with the palm of your hand on a hard surface. This breaks up the fibrous sections and makes them easier to juice.