Homemade Lemonade with Red Clover Recipe

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12 servings SERVINGS


  • Tea:

    6 cups filtered water
    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh red clover blossoms, rinsed


    3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 24 lemons)
    2 to 2-1⁄2 cups sugar
    6 cups filtered water, cold


  • To make tea: In a large stockpot, bring water just to boiling. Place clover blossoms in another stockpot, and pour hot water over them.
  • Cover and steep until liquid is room temperature. Strain into a glass pitcher or bowl, and chill for several hours or overnight. To make lemonade:
  • In a large pitcher or punch bowl, whisk together lemon juice and 2 cups sugar. Add cold water, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the tea, and mix well. Taste for sweetness, and add up to an additional 1⁄2 cup sugar, as needed. Chill thoroughly before serving.NOTE: Alternatively, to make the tea, you can place the clover blossoms and water in a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and place the jar in direct sunlight for 4 to 6 hours. Strain and chill. Also, if preferred, you can use all or part raw honey in place of the sugar.Interested in more ways to cook with nature? Check out The Value of Edible Plants to find more editor-recommended recipes for this spring.