12 Ingredients You’ll Want to Add to Your Next Lemonade


Lemons, water and sugar. That’s about all it takes to make lemonade. The recipe’s so simple, it’s practically begging for an upgrade. So we’ve rounded up 12 ingredients you’ll want to use next time you make this summertime favorite—and they go way beyond the expected berries and fruit.


Looking for a spicier take on the summer favorite? The heat from this hot pepper is balanced out by the sweetness of macerated strawberries in this recipe from Serious Eats. Sweet and spicy? Sold.


Peppers aren’t the only way to give your lemonade an unexpected kick. This punchy version from the blog Love & Olive Oil uses chopped bits of the herb’s root to create a simple syrup, then ups the spice factor even more by adding ginger juice at the very end.


A mint-infused tea made from hibiscus is blended with minty lemonade for a tangy and floral combination brought to you by The Little Epicurean. The final combination, writes the blog’s Maryanne Cabrera, is "sweet, sour, floral and herbal."


The juice of the summer root vegetable provides both the sweetness and deep red color for this unexpected concoction from Wisconsin Cheese via FoodieCrush. Don’t own a juicer? Try a jar of beet juice, which can be found at any natural food store.


Susan Jordan, author of this superb lemon and thyme drink on Taste of Home, decided to grill not just her lemons but the herb as well, to create a drink she calls "Thyme for Lemonade." A simple syrup made from sugar, honey and almond extract rounds out the drink’s flavor.


Chef Nik Sharma concocted this thirst-quenching Brown Table recipe as an homage to his childhood in Bombay. He toasts the herb’s seeds, then lightly crushes them with a mortar and pestle. Mint, ginger, and molasses provide the drink’s final flavor notes.


Green juice meets lemonade in this creation from the blog With Food + Love, which requires a juicer for its celery-apple-lemon-kale blend. Add a splash of vodka or gin to make this healthy drink more festive.


A teaspoon of the plant’s dried flowers, steeped with sugar and water to make a simple syrup, adds a light floral fragrance to this refreshing elixir from The Kitchn.


Light brews and lemonade make for a pleasing pairing, more commonly known as shandies. The Beeroness blogger Jackie Dodd recommends using blonde or pale ales for her strawberry-infused take on the classic drink.


The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen blog suggests adding a shot of the liquor for a refreshing libation that is more cocktail than summer refresher. Cherries, both muddled and used as a garnish, lend the drink a bit of extra flavor.


Sweet, tart, and spicy sums up this flavorful lemonade from Serious Eats, which blends the fruit with lemon juice and half a Thai chili. The lychees even double as garnish, as chopped bits of the fruit are added to the pitcher after the drink is done.


It’s the surprise ingredient in Brazilian Lemonade, a creamy take on the drink that actually uses limes instead of lemons. As this recipe from Delish notes, the milk’s sweet flavor balances out the tartness of the fruit, making for what they call "key lime pie in a glass."

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The World’s First Totoro-Themed Restaurant Is Coming to Thailand

Japan’s upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park will not open for another few years, but animation fans in Asia will soon have another destination where they can get their Hayao Miyazaki fix. Thailand will soon be home to a Totoro-themed restaurant, SoraNews24 reports.

May’s Garden House Restaurant in Bangkok is the first officially licensed restaurant inspired by Miyazaki’s classic film My Neighbor Totoro. The restaurant features Miyazaki-themed decor, like a giant Totoro figure that sits in the dining room, as well as menu items inspired by the characters, such as steamed buns shaped like Mini Totoros. The tables are adorned with figurines of Totoro, Mei, Sootballs, the Catbus, and other characters from the movie. While they aren't completed yet, the restaurant plans on adding a children’s playground, an orchid greenhouse, and various other elements before the grand opening.

Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki helped develop the concept for the restaurant, and he personally designed its sign. He also designed two exclusive new Studio Ghibli characters for the restaurant, Colko and Peeko (who you can see above).

While it has been open on a trial basis since mid-April, May’s Garden House is set to officially open at the end of May. Until then, Miyazaki uber-fans will have to content themselves with dining at the Straw Hat Cafe, the more general Studio Ghibli-themed restaurant at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

[h/t SoraNews24]

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McDonald's May Be Getting Rid of Its Plastic Straws
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First Seattle and then the Queen. Could the Golden Arches be next to join the anti-straw movement? As Fortune reports, McDonald's shareholders will vote at their annual meeting on May 24 on a proposal to phase out drinking straws at the company's 37,000-plus locations in the U.S.

If passed, the fast food behemoth would join the ranks of other governments and businesses around the world that have enacted bans against straws in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Straws are notoriously hard to recycle and typically take hundreds of years to decompose.

McDonald's is currently in the process of removing plastic straws from its roughly 1300 outlets in the UK. However, McDonald's board of directors opposes the move in the U.S., arguing that it would divert money from the company's other eco-friendly initiatives, The Orange County Register reports. This echoes comments from the plastic industry, which says efforts should instead be focused on improving recycling technologies.

"Bans are overly simplistic and may give consumers a false sense of accomplishment without addressing the problem of litter," Scott DeFife of the Plastics Industry Association told the Daily News in New York City, where the city council is mulling a similar citywide ban.

If the city votes in favor of a ban, they'd be following in the footsteps of Seattle, Miami Beach, and Malibu, California, to name a few. In February, Queen Elizabeth II was inspired to ban straws at royal palaces after working with David Attenborough on a conservation film. Prime Minister Theresa May followed suit, announcing in April that the UK would ban plastic straws, cotton swabs, and other single-use plastic items.

It's unclear how many straws are used in the U.S. By one widely reported estimate, Americans use 500 million disposable straws per day—or 1.6 straws per person—but it has been noted that these statistics are based on a survey conducted by an elementary school student. However, plastic straws are the fifth most common type of trash left on beaches, according to data reported by Fortune.

[h/t Fortune]


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