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Hot Lemon Drop

I love making a Hot Lemon Drop as soon as the weather gets cold because it's so comforting, soothing & surprisingly refreshing.  This tart drink is just the thing to warm & brighten you up during the day, but it's also good to have at night when you want to wind down.  If you crave something hot & relaxing without the caffeine found in teas & coffee drinks, treat yourself to one of my Lemon Drops.  All you need is a lemon, some water, a bit of sugar and a pot.  You can make one to have while reading a book in bed or you can make several to serve to guests after an invigorating walk.  It's sour and puckery with just the slightest hint of sweetness, yet it's positively satisfying.  I hope you like it.

Choose a lemon that is heavy for its size & thin skinned in order to extract the most juice.  This is a Meyer lemon that I brought back from California.  They're delicious!

The Recipe: makes 1 drink
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) water
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon granulated or superfine sugar
In a pot over high heat, whisk the ingredients and bring the mixture up to just under a boil.  The sugar should be dissolved.  Don't let the drink boil or you may end up making it bitter.  Voila!
Pour into a cup, mug or heatproof glass.  Enjoy!

I don't know about you, but a drink like this really hits the spot sometimes.  Tailor the tartness of the drink to suit your tastes and those of your family, but if you must know, my preference is for a sour one.  The next time you're outdoors jogging, walking or working around your home, make a Hot Lemon Drop when you come in out of the cold.  It's the quickest thing in the world to make and one of my all-time favorite Good Things.  Cheers!


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