There’s no drink more appropriate on a warm sunny day than a tall glass of lemonade, especially when citrus fruits are coming back into season and are cheap and easy to find at your local grocery stores. While store-bought lemonade is often full of artificial flavouring and high fructose corn syrup, fresh, homemade lemonade is a great treat that is loved by kids and adults alike. This recipe combines the great taste of fresh lemonade with a healthy dose of probiotics.
Lacto-Fermented Lemonade Recipe
- 12 organic lemons
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup organic evaporated cane sugar
- 1 cup fresh whey (see recipe instructions below)
- enough water to fill a gallon-size glass jar
First, get some whole milk, organic, live cultured yogurt and use fresh, clean cheesecloth to strain the whey out of the yogurt.
You can do this by first draping cheesecloth of the sides of a bowl and then adding the yogurt onto the cheesecloth – then gathering the edges of the cheesecloth together to form a bundle with the yogurt inside.
Tie the bundle closed with a rubber band and suspend it above the bowl for a few minutes – that should be enough time to strain a cup of fresh whey.
Next, juice the twelve lemons using a hand-juicer. Mix the whey and the lemon juice together in a gallon glass jar, and add at least 1/2 a cup of sugar – the probiotics will need to eat!
Finally, fill the gallon jar with cold water and mix it well. Keep the jar on your kitchen counter, at room temperature, for 2 days.
When it’s time to drink it you may need to add a bit more sugar, especially if you like your lemonade sweet – the probiotics will have eaten up some of the sugar so it will be a bit more tart than it was to start with!
But what you can be sure of is that this probiotic lemonade is full of nutrients and is great for you and your family.
How It Works
Probiotics are one of those foods that seem to have a million health benefits. While several probiotic strains are being investigated for their potential healing factors(1), many doctors recommend probiotics for helping with intestinal disorders(2).
They’re also great for helping with yeast infections and thrush. As a food supplement, probiotics have major potential for helping with overall health maintenance(3).