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Category: Drinks

Tarragon lemonade

Tarragon lemonade
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

THE trunk of the fallen eucalyptus tree makes a perfect picnic table and a couple of rocks nearby will do nicely as chairs. It's a cool, shady spot, halfway down the canyon, and sycamore branches arc high above, dappling the ... Read more

Total time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time | Serves 8
Note: From Donna Deane. Place the frozen bottle(s) of lemonade in your daypack to keep other foods cool. The lemonade will thaw as you hike and be slushy and chilled when you're ready to drink.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice

Step 1For the tarragon syrup, combine the sugar, 1 cup water and the minced tarragon in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling, then reduce the heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain out the tarragon and discard. You will have about 1 cup syrup.

Step 2Combine the lemon juice, 6 cups water and the tarragon syrup in a large measuring cup or a pitcher. Makes about 8 cups.

Step 3If desired, pour the mixture, stopping 2 or 3 inches from the top for expansion, into plastic bottles that can be put in the freezer. Freeze overnight.

Each serving:
102 calories; 0 protein; 27 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 0 sodium.
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