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Sparkling Roasted Vanilla Lemonade

Vanilla seeds roasted in a skillet with lemon halves and sugar offer a surprising flavor in a sparkling lemonade made with both club soda and still water.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 10 lemons, trimmed, halved crosswise, and seeded
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups club soda

Cook's Note

Roasting the lemons takes the edge off the acidity.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place lemons, cut side up, in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet or a large baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar, then add the water and vanilla seeds and pod. Roast until edges of lemons are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Squeeze the juice and pulp from lemons into a blender. Remove vanilla pod, and add syrup in the skillet to the blender. Puree, then strain through a sieve into a pitcher, pressing to extract liquid and some pulp.

  3. Step 3

    Fill glasses with ice. Pour 3/4 cup lemonade into each glass. Top with 1/4 cup club soda.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

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Reviews (1)

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Might help to slice lemons instead of simply trimming and halving.
    Be very sure to strain! I didn't do too good of a job straining and it became almost undrinkable (very pulpy and thick).