The weather’s warming up, and it’s officially lemonade season, y’all.
Stinging nettle has a PR problem. Yes, it can be an annoying weed that stings like heck when you accidentally brush against the leaves, but it’s also a nutritional powerhouse and a tasty tea. Nettle is rich in vitamins and C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and traces of iron, sodium and zinc – probably one of the richest sources of minerals among the plant foods. All the more reason to take your daily nettle, and a nourishing herbal infusion is a great way to do that!
Keep reading for an easy herbal twist on a classic summer staple that will take your lemonade stand business to new heights! You can also check out the video on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe and hit that notification bell. Stay tuned… we upload every Friday! ??
Upgrade Your Lemonade: Nettle-ade
1 c fresh lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
1/2 c raw local honey
2 c nettle nourishing herbal infusion (or other high mineral herb such as oatstraw, alfalfa or red clover)
2-3 c cold water
To make the nettle nourishing herbal infusion (start the night before):
Use 1 part herb by weight to 32 parts water by volume
Place herb in a glass jar or container large enough to hold the herb and water
Cover nettle with hot water, just off the boil
Allow to sit overnight before straining
To make the nettle lemonade:
Combine lemon juice and honey and stir until honey is dissolved.
Add nettle nourishing infusion and half of the water. Stir and taste. Add additional water to adjust strength.
Pour into glasses. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of nettle or mint and serve!