When it comes to flavor and refreshment, nothing beats a cold glass of fresh homemade lemonade.
Lightly sweet, mostly dry, and bursting with bubbles, a naturally fermented lemonade soda is one of our favorite probiotic treats to make – particularly in summer when it helps to quench thirst brought on by hot days spent under the sun’s bright and warm rays.
Lemons are already packed with vitamin c, antioxidants, and potassium to keep our body healthy… but imagine if we can make an awesome drink even more awesome.
A great way to boost the health benefits you can get from your beverage is to add a dose of probiotics extracted from yogurt. Probiotics are often called “good bacteria” since they have been linked to improvements in mood, digestion, and immunity.
Best of all, the natural tart taste of lemons makes it a perfect complement to the sour flavor of the whey from yogurt.
Homemade, naturally fermented lemonade is also easy to make. It involves less than five minutes of active time in the kitchen, mostly spent stirring before bottling and waiting for friendly bacteria to do the work for you.
For this recipe you’ll need:
• 12 Organic lemons
• 1 cup of fresh whey from yogurt
• 1/2-1 cup of organic cane sugar (adjust according to taste)
Things you’ll need:
• A thin cheesecloth
• Rubber bands
• A gallon jar
1. Extract the whey.
We start with the process of extracting whey from store bought whole milk organic yogurt. To do this, simply drape your cheesecloth into a bowl and add the yogurt. Tie it with a rubber band and hang it up to strain the liquid. After a few hours transfer the liquid into a measuring cup and you now have around 1 cup of whey for your drink.
You can use the leftover yogurt as an ingredient for dips, spreads, and fillings.
Use the thinnest cheesecloth as possible. A think cheesecloth can absorb the whey rather than strain it from the yogurt.
You can save the whey for other recipes, just make sure to keep it refrigerated.
2. Now it’s time to squeeze the juice out of the lemons.
You can use a lemon press or any lemon juicer of your choice.
Roll the lemon first on your counter top to maximize the amount juice you’ll get.
3. Mix the whey and lemon juice in a gallon jar.
Now add the amount of water and sugar to the taste that you want.
It is best to use at least 1/2 cup of sugar so that the probiotic can use it for fermentation. This will make the sweetness a little weak after fermentation.
Once finished mixing. Tightly close the jar and leave it on your kitchen counter at room temperature for 2 days.
After 2 days, transfer the mixture to a glass pitcher and you now have a refreshing and healthy probiotic drink your family will enjoy.