My first post since returning from our trip! I'm excited to be back but to be honest, it's been hard getting my writing wheels turning again. I want so bad to update you on our trip, what I learned, what I took away from a month venturing around India, Cambodia and Thailand but I just can't seem to find the words, yet. Instead I'm sharing something delicious with you. Something I enjoyed daily while in Hampi and it's cool, refreshing and will be the perfect to sip on during the warmer spring and summer months.
The Lemon Nana.
When I first enjoyed one of these I quickly realized that the drink jacked up with sugar. Well, in all honesty, I was in complete denial and my hubs said 'babe, you know that thing is LOADED with sugar, right?" I replied by saying, (in total denial) "well, I'm sure there is a little but probably not nearly as much as you think."
I started asking for little or no sugar and my hubs was total, 100% right. , Psst! Don't tell him I said that!.)
I knew that this was going to be a new favorite when I returned home and I also knew that sugar wasn't something I was going to be adding either so I had to come up with something that I could add to sweeten things up a bit. When I took away the sweetness from my drink in Hampi it turned into a really tart and mint strong drink and I wasn't sure how I felt about that. I still drank them because it was extremely hot and muggy and they were, depict the lack of sweetness, refreshing. You need that sweetness to take the edge off a bit unless you love very tart and minty.
When I made this the other day I actually didn't need any sweetener because the lemons that I purchased were more on the sweeter side rather than extremely tart and the mint wasn't overbearing. I added a little ginger and it was perfect for my taste buds. However, I know a lot of people would want to tame the tart beast a little so you can always add a little liquid stevia and that should do the trick without all the added junk.
(TIP: With liquid stevia you want to start small and add from there. It's very concentrated and can overpower very quickly.)
This juice is quick and easy and totally delicious. Enjoy this refreshing juice traditionally or add a little ginger, either way, it's such a delight.
Lemon (5-6) Mint (1-3 small bunches) Liquid Stevia (start with 1 drop and add more if you want it sweeter) (Optional) Ginger (a small knob)
You will need a juicer to grind and juice the mint. Add all ingredients minus the stevia into your juicer. Pour into a glass and add one drop of liquid stevia, more if you like it sweeter.