Lemonade – it’s not just for summer! Give this summertime favorite a little seasonal twist and you have a delicious, spicy, lemonade drink perfect to serve for the upcoming holidays. Holiday Spiced Lemonade with Clove Studded Lemons is great hot or cold and it makes a pretty presentation. This recipe serves 4 though can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled or more!
So a funny, little story on the first time I tried to stud lemons with cloves. There I sat, with my bowl of lemons and container of cloves. First clove broke. Second clove…broke. After I had a pile of about 30 broken cloves in front of me and an unblemished lemon, I called my grandmother. “Nanie,” I’m pretty sure I whined, “Every single clove I try to put in the lemon just breaks!”
After several seconds of absolute silence (and I think I remember a big sigh, too!) on the other end of the line, my Nanie, with much patience, replied, “Cindy, do your cloves have a little knife on the end ? No? I didn’t think so. You have to make a small slit in the lemon FIRST. Did you think those cloves were going to pierce that lemon on their own?”
Oh…well, that made sense!
To stud lemons with cloves, make a small X in the flesh of the lemon with tip of sharp knife and insert the clove. Make rows of cloves in the lemon and slice between the rows. Voila! Clove studded lemon slices! These are also a pretty garnish for cups of hot tea.
Holiday Spiced Lemonade with Clove Studded Lemons
- ½ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 ¾ cups water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- Lemon slices studded with whole cloves
Combine lemon juice, water, sugar and ground cloves in a saucepan. Heat , stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to boiling. Pour into cups and garnish with lemon slices. Makes 4 servings.
To serve cold, allow to cool and pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with lemon slices.
If someone doesn’t like cloves, they may not like this lemonade! The taste is subtle but definitely there!
Oh and I almost forgot to tell you this! See the cups I used for the hot Spiced Lemonade? These are my Nanie’s dishes and the very dishes that our family had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner on every year I can remember. These dishes are Nasco in the Fruit Arbor pattern. I’m not absolutely certain exactly how old they are, but my Mom and I think at least 60 or 70 years old. I have my grandmother’s entire set, plus some great serving pieces, too. I’ll try to share some more photos of these dishes that I cherish so much. You can just imagine how many memories this cup really holds! 🙂
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