There are things and places in life that you don’t want to experience only once but at least twice. Paris for sure is worth at least 10+ visits (at least for me, but I just cannot get my boyfriend to go there), or Budapest or London or New York (insert a wonderful place here). I could always go back and see my favourite band again, or this and that film for the first time. But that is the point: You cannot experience a place or something again for the first time, or wishing it was just like last time.
It will always be different, a phenomenon that makes life so exciting, because moments can only be lived twice and everything is in a state of constant movement or change. One of my favourite artists calls this flux. Which brings me to a less profound topic (I don’t know why I constantly reflect on life when writing about the most trivial things haha) of this lemonade; a lemonade which I have tasted in this form or another a few years ago when I was in London enjoying a very delicious and rather spicy falafel sandwich at Portobello Road Market (go there, seriously). So they served this lemonade with their falafel, and I remember it being kind of minty, with a hint of ginger. I tried to reconstruct this lemonade, and the result is rather refreshing:
- 170 g of sugar
- 200 ml of water
- Torn mint leaves
- 2 cm of diced ginger
- 6 to 7 large lemons
- 250 ml of tonic water
- 500 ml of mineral water
- lemon slices, for decoration
- mint leaves, for decoration
Mix water, sugar, mint leaves and the ginger root in a small pot to make the simple syrup. Set the heat to medium high, bring everything to boil und stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove the pot from the heat, cover it and let syrup steep for at least 30 minutes. Separate the ginger and the mint leaves from the liquid by using by using a strainer.
Juice the lemons and catch the juice in a large pitcher. Add the simple syrup and the tonic water. Fill up with mineral water and let the lemonade chill for at least an hour.
This is so easy! I never thought that making lemonade could be such an easy and fun task to do on a Friday afternoon, and just love the sour, sweet and bitter flavour combination. It’s really refreshing, and a little side note: It can be perfectly combined with gin and some more tonic water to make an extraordinary gin and tonic!