Lemonade is the most refreshing beverage and well-loved by everyone. It’s an excellent way to enjoy lemon’s health properties and quench your thirst in the hot summer days! We all know how to prepare some lemonade and preparing it in the oven certainly isn’t between the ways you use. We’re here to tell you an amazing way of preparing lemonade in the oven, no matter how strange it may seem. The one extra step of halving and roasting the lemons actually prepares an irresistible twist on this classic drink!
Instead of the tart, sweet sip you’re used to with the classic version, time in the oven tames the acidic bite of lemons and draws out their natural sugars, making you feel a deep flavor that instantly translates to a richer-tasting lemonade. If you let the lemons char a little bit, you will also feel that smoky taste in the lemonade, too.
How to Make the Perfect Roasted Lemonade:
Before juicing the lemons, or preparing the simple syrup, fire up the oven to 400°F. Halve the lemons across the center and put them on a baking sheet cut-side down. Transfer them to the oven and cook for about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your lemons. They should become browned and lightly charred around the edges. After removing them from the oven, let them cool completely before you juice them.
After roasting, follow your favorite lemonade recipe as you normally would, except the simple syrup. Roasting the lemons draws out their natural sweetness and tones down their tartness. It depends on your taste whether you will use the full amount of simple syrup that the recipe calls for. Start with about half, and add more as you need.
Note: This method will certainly reduce the amount of Vitamin C in the lemonade! If you’re using it to fight off inflammation or for medicinal properties, skip this method, and use the old-fashioned one to prepare some lemonade full of vitamins and minerals!