This recipe is near and dear to my soul. Ba means Grandmother in the Indian language I speak, and this recipe takes me right back to my childhood when I used to visit her in India. We usually went in summer, and the days were long and hot. Few things were better than her fresh lemonade.
This is a twist on her lemonade: I took the base of her recipe and then made it mine. When I sip it I imagine her drinking it with me. It may be missing the cane sugar, but I know she'd approve!
The biggest subtle difference in this recipe from traditional lemonade recipes is the addition of pink himalayan salt. Pink salt can help the body with electrolyte balance on a hot day and has minerals that are good for the body. I also added lemon balm and mint for extra health benefits, and substituted monkfruit simple syrup rather than cane sugar simple syrup for sweetener.
The drink has a ton of health benefits — it's detoxifying, cleansing, hydrating, and calming. Lemon and mint, aside from tasting refreshing, cleanses and hydrates the body. The addition of pink salt balances your body's electrolytes and keeps your skin supple and strong. The lemon balm has tons of subtle anti-anxiety benefits. So your body will feel like it was just gently cleansed with nourishment and calm. Meanwhile, mint improves digestion, settles your stomach, and helps get rid of bloat, making this the perfect sipper for a summer day.
I hope you enjoy it!
For Ba's Lemon Calm Confidence Refresher
Juice of 3-4 lemons (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) depending on how tart you like it
1/4 cup monkfruit simple syrup
Generous pinch of pink salt
7-9 lemon balm leaves
4-6 mint leaves
For Monkfruit Simple Syrup
1 cup Monkfruit (you can find this in the sugar section of your grocery store)
1 cup water
Ba's Lemon Calm Confidence Refresher
Add lemon juice, monkfruit, water, salt, and chopped/smashed lemon balm and mint leaves into a jar.
Cover and shake shake shake! Use those sculpt muscles you've been working on to really blend and unlock the ingredients.
Pour over ice. Stir, sip, and enjoy.
For simple syrup:
Gently stir warm water and monkfruit until they melt together, allow to cool.
Note: If you have any left over, you can store it in the fridge for up to 10 days.
With the combination of digestive benefits and the yellow color of lemon, this refresher is great for bringing more balance to the 3rd chakra in the solar plexus. This is the center of digestion, confidence, and will power. And it tastes pretty great.