When we lived in North Carolina, there was a little shop downtown called The Ice Storm
with thee best lemonade. Some might think that lemonade is as simple as lemon juice, sugar and water, but owners Antonio and Yvonnia whipped up one-of-a-kind flavors that I’ve not seen anywhere else. You could pop in and ask for the classic (your basic lemonade), or you could branch out and test flavors that included a hint of cranberry, basil, mint, cucumber, and more. What I loved even more about the two-man-team shop was that, oftentimes, fresh ingredients would be plucked from plants growing in the shop windows just before it was added to drinks.
I had a hankering for my favorite Ice Storm lemonade this past week so I decided to take a crack at making it myself. With my daughter and husband as my taste-testers, I slowly added water and sugar until the concoction was just right. I sure do miss the friendly chit-chat that came with my purchased glass in North Carolina, but every time I whip up this recipe I will tell whoever is enjoying it with me about the people who inspired me to make my own.
Juice of 2 Lemons
4 Tbs Sugar
1 2/3 Cups Water
1/3 Cup Fresh Crushed Pineapple and Juice
4-6 Fresh Torn Mint Leaves
1. Combine lemon juice and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
2. Crush pineapple on a non-porous cutting board and set aside.
3. Add water to lemon/sugar mixture and stir. Now add pineapple. Swirl together.
4. Test your lemonade and see if it’s to your liking. Add water or sugar a little at a time until it’s just right.
5. Fill a glass half way with ice. Now add two torn mint leaves. Fill the glass the rest of the way and add the rest of your torn mint.
6. Pour lemonade over the top of the ice and mint leaves. Pop in a straw and enjoy!
If you’ve never tried fresh mint in your lemonade before, it’s a must. I was skeptical at first, but it’s amazingly refreshing and compliments pineapple really well. What’s great about this drink is that you can adjust the water, lemon juice, and sugar to suite your pallet, and it looks pretty in glass jars (we like our lemonade tart). The folks at The Ice Storm garnish theirs with a fresh strawberry, but feel free to get creative with your garnish.