With summer coming, you'll want to try this refreshing fermented Lemonade Punch recipe from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook. It takes a little time juicing the lemons, but if you have the right gadget it's not so bad (I like this inexpensive citrus juicer best). It's a simple recipe, and my family loved it. We rarely have anything besides milk, water, or homemade kefir soda pop these days, so it was a big treat! I want to try the recipe for the raspberry punch next, or you could do this with limes, too. 🙂 Fermented foods and drinks are very beneficial to our bodies because of the healthy bacteria and enzymes they produce for a healthy digestive tract, and the way they boost our immune systems! Read more from the Weston A. Price Foundation about the benefits of fermentation.
Fermented Lemonade Punch
- Juice of 4 lemons organic is best as citrus are usually on theDirty Dozen list – ok I just checked and lemons aren't on there this year, but they have been in the past and I've often heard that citrus fruits are heavily sprayed.
- 1/4 cup Rapadura or palm sugar or any less refined types ofsweeteners
- 1/4 cup whey be sure to use homemade whey, not concentrated or powdered whey – read more about whey protein drinks here and why to avoid them
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg after our 2nd batch, we decided we like it better without this
- 1 quart filtered water
- Optional: another 1/4 cup sugar after it's done fermenting it was too tart for us and this extra sugar was just what it needed
- Sally's recipe in the cookbook was for double this amount and she said to place all ingredients into a 2-quart glass container, but my 2-quart glass jars were filled to 3/4 with only half of her recipe, so the amounts above were just right for 2 quarts and it leaves you room to shake it up. Cover tightly and leave at room temperature for 2-3 days. Skim off any foam that may have risen to the top. Cover tightly and refrigerate. The punch will develop more flavor over time. (Note, if you use a darker sugar, it won't have a nice light yellow color – the gal who took the above picture for me must have used a lighter colored sugar.
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