Spiced Winter Lemonade

I’m obsessed with this spiced lemonade. It’s equally good hot with some whiskey as it is cold with gin or vodka. I’ve even had it without booze. And then I had an aha moment; this would taste really good with prosecco. It was. So I made a big batch to take son a ski trip as an après-ski cocktail for the girls! If you have a scratchy throat or the sniffles try this lemonade warm with a couple shots of whiskey. The lemon and honey is soothing and the ginger and other spices balance the tang. Nighty-night! -bvox

Spiced Winter Lemonade
Source: Joy the Baker

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 star anise (a bvox addition)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
Instructions
  • In a medium saucepan combine lemon juice, half of the water, honey, ginger, and spices. Bring to a simmer, stir until honey is dissolved, and remove from heat.
  • Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Add the remaining water.
  • Refrigerate until chilled through.
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