Vanilla Lemonade

A while back we had a local food blogger potluck, and of course all the food was amazing. One of the things I really liked was a Meyer lemonade with vanilla. I have a stash of vanilla beans in my cupboard that I’m always wondering what to do with. Yes, a stash. If you’re still buying pricey one-off vanilla beans at the grocery store, get thee to eBay. I got a quarter pound of Tahitian vanilla beans for under 10 bucks. And a quarter pound is a dang good amount of vanilla.

With summer kicked off, I recreated the lemonade. This is my perfect lemonade – the stuff they sell in restaurants is usually too tart for me. Feel free to adjust the sugar levels to your liking, however.

Vanilla Lemonade

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
8 lemons (yielding 1 cup juice)
Cold water to fill pitcher

In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar, and vanilla bean to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Press vanilla bean in order to let caviar escape. Cover and let cool.
Juice lemons, and pour into 2-quart pitcher. Add sugar mixture (including vanilla bean), then fill pitcher with cold water and stir to mix. Chill until ready to serve.
If your lemonade tastes slightly bitter, add a tiny pinch of salt to bring out the other flavors.

Comments

  1. says

    Sounds amazing! I made a marmalade a couple of months ago with Meyer lemons and vanilla beans… it’s definitely an amazing combination.
    (PS – thanks for the eBay tip! I buy my vanilla at Costco, but it’s still pretty expensive by comparison to the deal you got.)

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  2. says

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the ebay mention!!

    I’ve been hunting for vanilla beans everywhere lately and just couldn’t stomach the prices being asked! $12.49 for a _single_ bean pod? Are they crazy? Especially since I want to use one to flavor my hair rinse; I just couldn’t pay that much the way things are right now. Ebay, via You, to the rescue! You made my day. :)

    And I can’t wait to try that lemonade, too! Yum.

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    Megan Reply:

    You’re so welcome! I can’t remember who first told me about vanilla on eBay but I am so so thankful!

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  3. djreamer says

    Though this sounds divine, i’m afraid it isnt that unique…. my carribean mother has been making this for DECADES along with several carribean restaurants that sell freshly squuezed lemon/lime juices.. only difference is that instead of using vanilla beans, we simply add a touch of PURE vanilla extract..funny how i never thought of it as “vanilla lemonade”. lol. it was always just my mother’s special touch :)

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    Megan Reply:

    @djreamer
    I definitely didn’t think this was unique (aside from “unique” being an absolute modifier) as I stated that I re-created it from a time I had it elsewhere! It’s still rather uncommon in the U.S. however, considering many people get their “lemonade” from a powdered mix. Thanks for your comment!

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  4. Synnove says

    How long would this stay in the fridge without starting to taste funky? I’d like to make it ahead of time for a party.

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    Megan Reply:

    Probably a couple days? It never lasts long around here so I don’t really know.

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