Here’s a very simple recipe I’m sharing today with a big flavor punch: Ginger Beer Lemonade
This recipe comes from a fun cookbook: The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook by Andrea Lynn. Are you a Trader Joe’s fan?! If you’re lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s near you, it’s such a great place to pick up gourmet goodies of every kind. This cookbook covers 150 Cheap-and-Easy Gourmet Recipes – turning Trader Joe’s groceries into delicious dishes.
How to make Ginger Beer Lemonade:
Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a pitcher.
Add sugar and water, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Pour in a bottle of ginger beer.
And that’s your Ginger Beer Lemonade! It has just 3 ingredients + water. And if you’re a college student who is having a hankering for your first beer, this is the recipe for you! ha ha ha 🙂
My taste tester 10 year old (hard at work on homework) thought this was a nice, chilly and delicious version of lemonade. He preferred his with a little more sugar than is indicated in the recipe. I enjoyed mine a little more tart tasting. It’s good stuff. Basically your basic lemonade with a little bit of added bubbly ginger. If you prefer to have a little cocktail, you might like to try one of my Fruity Vodka Spritzers instead.
I think this cookbook is completely a fun gift idea for a high school graduate who is headed off to college. Gift idea for a college bound kid: this cookbook + a Trader Joe’s Gift Card! Every ingredient in every recipe is available at Trader Joe’s, and the recipes are designed so that you don’t need a lot of pots and pans to prepare them. This cookbook has terrific reviews on Amazon too! Recipes I’m excited to try: Sloppy Joe Nachos, Beef Udon Soup, Eggplant Parmesan Spaghetti, Taquito Casserole, Zucchini and Polenta Bake, Green Chile Cornbread Muffins, Salmon Burgers with Tzatziki, Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, Monkey Bread and Raspberry Brownies.
Ginger Beer Lemonade
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 large lemons)
- ¼ cup granulated white sugar (or more, as desired)
- 1¼ cups chilled water
- One 12-ounce bottle ginger beer (non alcoholic)
- lemon slices/wedges, for garnish (if desired)
- Juice the lemons into a medium pitcher.
- Add the sugar and water, and stir to combine.
- Add the ginger beer, and stir to combine.
- Serve over ice. Garnish with additional lemon wedges/slices, if desired.