Spicy Lemonade

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My husband almost always stops at Lemonade stands when we’re out driving. He will also buy magazines or chocolate from anyone who comes to our door. Although I’m kind of bah-humbug about buying stuff when I’m no in no mood to be interrupted, I find this quality in him to be so endearing.

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He’s like a magnet to a kid who is eager to make a dollar. He’s been there. I’ve been there. I don’t want to talk about how I was traumatized selling frozen pizzas to the creepy neighbors on my block as a kid. I get a mild panic attack when I think about walking up to the doors of some of the houses…I should remember how it feels to be on the other end when I’m passing by a lemonade stand…Ok. I just worked out my own lesson there.

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Today we have some grown-up lemonade. It’s got a kick — thanks to a few dashes of Tabasco.  At first you don’t taste the spice…just sweet, refreshing lemonade and then it hits the back of your throat. Hello, spicy kick!  It’s just as exhilarating as seeing a customer walk up to your lemonade stand with a $5 bill!

And we’re off!

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Hello Tabasco!!  This is the first of 4 recipes I’m developing for the good people at Tabasco. Stay tuned for more!

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First we make our “simple” syrup. I’m making it super simple by pouring boiling hot water into a measuring cup with honey & sugar. Let it dissolve.

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Instant simple syrup. I didn’t even have to turn the stove on. I just used an Electric Tea Kettle to boil water.

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Now it’s time to get our lemons juiced. I used a lemon squeezer. It makes the job SUPER easy.

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Lemons are juiced!

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Now we put everything into a pitcher. Simple syrup & lemon juice. Lemonade!

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I added about 8 dashes of Tabasco in this lemonade. Do 10 if you like spicy. Do more than 10 if you dare!

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Top with ice cubes & lemon slices. Give it a good stir.

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Serve it up! If you like a less sweet lemonade, just add more water!

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How much would you charge for a glass if you had a lemonade stand? I’m thinking of setting one up…

Spicy Lemonade

makes 8 cups

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • juice from 6 lemons
  • 8-10 dashes Tabasco Original Pepper Sauce
  • 3 cups ice
  • lemon slices for garnish

In a large bowl, mix sugar and honey with 5 cups boiling water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice with the simple syrup, 8-10 dashes of Tabasco, and 3 cups cold water,  and stir to combine. Adjust according to taste. If too sweet, add more water. If you’re looking for more spice, add more Tabasco. Stir and place ice cubes & lemon slices into the pitcher and serve!

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  • June 26, 2013

    O love the little spicy kick. That sounds awesome!

  • Janine Melnitz
    June 26, 2013

    I am British and an electric kettle is pretty much compulsory here. ;)

  • What a fun twist on a classic!

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  • June 26, 2013

    What, no alcohol? Lol! Glad you’ve kept true to Tracy-style with the tobasco sauce. This is a fun idea, I’ve never thought of puttint tobasco in lemondade but I’ve been amping up my spice tolerance lately so maybe I’ll try this!

  • June 26, 2013

    wow, this is something i have to try! i wonder if the green tabasco would work as well? i have a bottle of it, but not the red kind…

    • Tracy
      June 26, 2013

      It should! It’s a little more mild than the red (in my opinion) so I’d add a few more dashes if you feel so inclined.

  • Niiiiice! Love me some homemade lemonade. That’s sweet. My husband always has to buy CDs from the warm-up bands for headline acts. I’m lucky it’s not the t-shirts he goes for, I guess.
    Heidi xo

    • Tracy
      June 26, 2013

      Much better than shirts!!! We have quite a collection at home… ;)

  • Talia
    June 26, 2013

    Ok – never dreamed of putting tabasco in my lemonade but now am intrigued. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve never made lemonade from scratch – gasp!

  • i had strawberry lemonade at the farmers market and been thinking of making one. I will have to make it ASAP

  • June 26, 2013

    Tabasco in lemonade? Super interesting! Now I have to admit I’m dreaming of what this might taste like with a little Sriracha… :)

    • Tracy
      June 26, 2013

      I’ve done that before too!! It works WONDERS with limeade!

  • June 26, 2013

    This looks so good!!! Have you heard of the master cleanse? Well I’m not trying to promote it, but when I tried it once I remember loving the taste of it (even though that is no the point of it) because it was basically lemon juice, water, maple sugar and cayenne pepper. This seems like a much better version!

  • June 26, 2013

    Sweet + spicy + tangy

    I’m all in.

  • June 26, 2013

    I love lemonade! I never thought about adding hot sauce. That’s such a unique idea. Do you taste the actual flavor of the tabasco? I’m not a fan of the actual flavor, but love the heat!

    • Tracy
      June 26, 2013

      Nope. You just taste the heat!! The lemon is the main flavor!

  • June 26, 2013

    Tabasco in lemonade?! Gawd I like you girl.

  • June 26, 2013

    Oooh… Tobasco in lemonade! I love Tobasco but never though of using it in a drink. That extra kick would be so delicious! Also, with a side of Tobasco chicken wings.

  • Beth
    June 26, 2013

    This is going on my summer bucket list! Stampede is coming up quick here in Calgary Alberta and this looks like the perfect drink to go with some rodeo-themed food! Think corn dogs and tiny donuts! Yum!

    • Tracy
      June 27, 2013

      You had me at tiny donuts & corn dogs.

  • June 26, 2013

    When I was in high school, I had to raise at least a thousand dollars every year for dance team. I have no idea how many doors I had to knock on, selling weird things like apple pies, sprinkler blow outs, and Christmas wreaths. I bet my neighbors hated me. I need this spicy lemonade with a shot of vodka to help erase the memories. I’m assuming liquor makes it even better.

    • Tracy
      June 27, 2013

      Yeah you do!!! And yeah it does!!!

  • June 26, 2013

    Tabasco in lemonade?! Oh my yum!

  • June 27, 2013

    Aw yea. Tabasco makes everything better!

  • June 28, 2013

    Love this idea! And sriracha in limeade?! Trying that this weekend.

  • June 30, 2013

    There you go again! Taking an already delicious thing and making it better! Sounds super yums.

  • Debbie
    July 1, 2013

    haha this reminds me of a spicy beverage called Prometheus Springs!!

    They have a BOMB Mango Chili flavor! Have you tried it, Tracy?

    • Tracy
      July 1, 2013

      I haven’t!!! On the bucket list!

  • I freaking love spicy lemonade!! i drink this all the time, its almost unhealthy.

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