Pink Ginger Lemonade

This drink is pretty and refreshing
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Chef Parten says, “This drink is so pretty and refreshing! If you can’t find currants, you can substitute cranberries.”

Recipe excerpted from The Center for Discovery cookbook Feeding the Heart: Recipes, Flavors and the Seed to Belly Philosophy of the Department of Nourishment Arts.

4
Servings
630
Calories Per Serving
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Ingredients

For the Lemonade

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Large knob of fresh gingerroot, peeled
  • 1/2 cup red currant base (see recipe)

For the red current base

  • 3 cups fresh red currants (or cranberries, fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau

Directions

For the Lemonade

Mix lemon juice, sugar, salt and water.

Stir to dissolve sugar.

Place a fine strainer over a small cup. Using a microplane zester or a fine grater, grate the peeled ginger. Using your fingers, squeeze the grated ginger over the strainer to produce ginger juice. You will need a tablespoon of this liquid. Stir ginger juice into the lemonade and add ½ cup of the red currant base.

Serve over ice.

For the red current base

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place currants, stalks and all, in an ovenproof container. Add sugar, orange zest and orange juice. Mix. (Alternatively, you can combine these ingredients in a pot and simmer on the stove top.) Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

Cool slightly, then pass through a food mill.

Stir in Cointreau.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
41%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
84mg
28%
Carbohydrate, by difference
57g
44%
Protein
36g
78%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
21mg
28%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
78mg
8%
Choline, total
90mg
21%
Fiber, total dietary
11g
44%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
46µg
12%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
49mg
15%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
376mg
54%
Selenium, Se
62µg
100%
Sodium, Na
194mg
13%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
181g
7%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Ginger Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Ginger Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chile peppers as well as sugar and garlic.