Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ginger Lemonade Concentrate



My mother makes lemon juice concentrate and stores in the refridgerator. She makes it a point to store such stuff whenever we are on vacation. She bottles the concentrate and sends it over to my sisters. She may have to refill often whenever my husband is around and any of her grandchildren.
I love ginger in the juice as much as in my tea. I add ginger to the recipe she follows to make ginger lemonade.
Make a puree of ginger, and extract the juice; boil it with the sugar while making the syrup and add to the extracted lemon juice. It is as simple as that.
The concentrate does not use any preservative. Hence has to be stored in the refridgerator. But keeps well for about 20 days provided it lasts that long. Beyond that period, there will be a tinge of bitter tangy taste of rotting fruit.
Given below is with some 10 very juicy lime fruits that yielded about 350 ml of concentrate.

1o numbers medium size but very juicy lime fruits
2X2'' piece ginger
400 grams granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
Wash the lime, cut and squeeze out the juice.
Peel the ginger and chop. Run this in a blender adding water. When pulped, pass this through a strainer and extract the juice.
In a heavy utensil, dissolve sugar in the water. Add the ginger extract to the sugar.
Boil the mixture for about 5 -7 minutes to form a syrup.
Simmer for another 3 minutes.
Allow to cool completely.
Once cool, add the lemon juice extract and mix well.
Store in clean bottles.


To serve, add three parts of water to one part concentrate. Drop thinly sliced lemon zest and serve chilled.
The quantity of sugar can be adjusted according to requirement. The ratio of sugar to juice extract from lime is about 4:1, sugar:lime juice extract.
You may use lesser sugar for the concentrate and add more sugar while serving.

13 comments:

  1. We say it as Sorasam, nice post and feeling to have it right now

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  2. perfect drink to have on a hot summer

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  3. this sounds really yumm..am going to make some..

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  4. Very refreshing drink, thanks for sharing..prefect drink to beat the heat..

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  5. Very healthy drink for any time. Shall try it soon. reminds me of my Minty lemony drink I posted. Love the drink. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Adding ginger to lemon concentrate is a nice idea. I share your love for ginger.

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  7. My mother used to make this too minus the ginger extract. I love this refreshing lemonade and loved the idea of adding ginger to it !

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  8. Nice concentrate.I love to take this when I have an upset tummy.

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  9. Love ginger lemonade though I have never tried adding ginger at home.

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  10. one of the best summer drink... refreshing and perfect

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  11. very refreshing..thanks for sharing

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  12. I love this. My grandfather still makes it. Guess it is my turn now

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