My daughter makes a lemonade that tastes like candy.  (Think lemondrops.)  There is a trick to it, and I thought I’d share.

The basic recipe is 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water.  Stir and refrigerate.

The trick is to add a couple of drops of food grade lemon essential oil to the sugar and juice before adding the water.  We sometimes mix it up by adding a different oil (such as orange.)

The flavor is amazing, and the drink is refreshing.  Don’t do more than a couple of drops to the whole pitcher, as this can be overkill.

Always be careful with essential oils.  A little bit goes a long way, and always make sure that the oils you use for ingestion are food grade and meant for such.  Some oils are topical (external use) only, and sometimes that’s due to the base oil used, sometimes it’s due to the extraction process, and sometimes it’s due to the type of plant the oil is extracted from.  Some plant oils (essential or otherwise) are just not meant to be ingested (internal use.)

Give this recipe a try some time.  It should make your mouth happy.

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