We’ve been reading and cooking our way through Marcus Samuelsson’s new cookbook, The Rise: Black Cooks & The Soul of American Food, inspiring us to come up with a new drink recipe.
Back when we lived in Los Angeles, we—well, OK, Cindy—consumed A LOT of fried chicken at local faves like Roscoe’s, Dinah’s and Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch. The beverage of choice was always lemonade. (And dessert was always yellow cake with chocolate frosting!)
We’ve Masi Masa-fied the classic to include honey, ginger, turmeric and a little cayenne pepper. If you want to spike it, may we suggest bourbon to keep real?
Makes about 4 pint glasses of lemonade.
This lemonade is perfect paired with Soul Food or any old day you need a summery pick-me-up.
1 C honey
1.5 C freshly squeezed lemon juice (8-10 lemons)
2" piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4" thick pieces
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
In a small sauce pan, bring 2 cups of water, honey and ginger slices to a boil
Turn off heat and stir in turmeric and cayenne pepper
In a large pitcher, stir together lemon juice, 4 cups of water, and the honey ginger syrup
Fill glasses with ice and add 1 oz bourbon (optional)