Grilled Lemonade Bourbon Sour

 

By: Cynthia Roberts

Grilled lemonade only takes a little more effort than “regular” lemonade, but I think you will find the results worth it.

On top of great taste and refreshment lemonade provides a multitude of health benefits. Each 100 grams of lemon contains 128% of our daily requirement of Vitamin C while delivering health benefits including relief of respiratory and breathing problems, relief from fever and colds, help in controlling high blood pressure aid in reducing weight. While lemonade consumed as a refresher, helps you stay calm and cool while providing all the benefits of a lemon.

The lemons in this recipe are grilled with a little white sugar. Grilling them this way mellows the flavor. When sweetened with honey simple syrup over ice with bourbon and sparkling water, these lemons make for a delightfully refreshing cocktail that is not cloyingly sweet. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and it might become your new favorite summer cocktail. Of course, omit the alcohol if you don’t want it or want to serve it to the kids.Grilled Lemons
To make the grilled lemons, preheat the grill to medium high. Halve 6-8 lemons and dip—cut side down—in white sugar. Lightly oil the cooking grate. Place the lemons—again, cut side down—on the grate and grill until the sugar has caramelized. The hotter the grill, the faster this happens, so don’t stray too far away from the grill. The key to successful grilled lemons Is caramelizing the sugar on surface of the lemons, not burning it. Be sure that the lemons don’t get mushy. Remove from heat and cool before juicing. Depending on the juiciness of the lemons, you should have about 3 to 4 ounces of lemon juice. Grilled lemons can be stored in an airtight bag in the refrigerator a day or two before juicing if you want to make them ahead of time.

Honey Simple Syrup
To make the honey simple syrup, combine ½ cup honey and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Warm until the honey has melted, but do not boil. Allow the syrup to cool before using. Honey simple syrup may be stored in the refrigerator for a week or longer.

Grilled Lemonade Bourbon Sour – for 1 cocktail
•1-ounce grilled lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
•1-ounce honey simple syrup
•1-ounce bourbon
•3-4 ounces sparkling water or club soda Mint sprigs

Pour lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon over ice in a glass.  Stir in sparkling water, garnish with fresh mint sprigs and enjoy!