This summer has been pretty hot and humid. There are lots of ways to beat the heat, but on a lazy Sunday afternoon, all I wanted to do was make lemonade. I started thinking about how I could make this particular lemonade a little unique, and my mind drifted off to a lunch I had in Hawaii. It was early afternoon and it was hot outside. I sat on a patio in the shade, alone, and watched the ocean waves hit the beachy sands of Waikiki. I ordered a quesadilla with freshly caught fish (it was so good!) and a jalapeño margarita. It was cool, crisp, tangy, spicy and sweet. I loved it – so much so that I finished it before my food arrived and had to order another one. Ever since our trip to Hawaii last September, I find myself thinking back to things I ate and drank and wishing I was back on the island of Oahu. This lemonade, and this breezy, beautiful day, are an ode to that wonderful afternoon. I hope you enjoy this lemonade as much as I enjoyed that day.
Jalapeño Vodka Lemonade
- 8 lemons
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 6 cups water
- 1 jalapeno, sliced
- 6 oz vodka
- lemon slices, for garnish
- Cut lemons in half and juice lemons into a large pitcher.
- Add sugar and water and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Add jalapeno slices and vodka and stir.
- Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.
Note: Just as delicious without the vodka, so do that too.