Days are getting warmer and longer. You know what that means don't you?
Barbecues, picnics, and lemonade.
Lots and lots of lemonade.
I have two favorite lemonades.
First is Strawberry Lemonade.
Next, well I am sure you can guess...
Vanilla Bean Lemonade.
Oh gracious. Lemons and vanilla beans. I think they must be soul mates. I am so glad they found each other.
I first had Vanilla Bean Lemonade when we lived in Ohio. The Hubs had come across it at a Market in Cleveland. He bought a few bottles to bring home. After trying some, I had to force myself not to drink it all down.
The lemonade was perfectly sweet and tart. Then it finished with the best vanilla flavor. I know it will sound cheesy, but it was like drinking a summer breeze and a summer sunset all in one.
We haven't lived in Ohio for almost three years now (which is crazy people, CRAZY) and I haven't had Vanilla Bean Lemonade since then. I have been missing it. I mean, seriously almost three years without my favorite lemonade. Well that is just craziness.
So I figured I should probably whip up my own Vanilla Bean Lemonade.
Oh my favoritest lemonade I am so glad you are back in my life. I look forward to many long summer days, relaxing on the back patio with the warm breeze blowing across my bare feet drinking down glassfuls of this lemonade.
Vanilla Bean Lemonade
4 large lemons, juiced (about 4 cups)
2 quarts of water
2/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, scrapped
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
First, scrap the vanilla bean to get all the seeds out. If you have never scraped a vanilla bean, here is a great video by the Martha Stewart on How to Scrape a Vanilla Bean.
Put the sugar into a small bowl and add in the vanilla beans seeds. Mix until the seeds are evenly combined in the sugar. This makes vanilla sugar.
Combine the vanilla sugar, lemon juice, water, and vanilla extract in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour into glasses. Add ice. Drink it down.
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