April ~ Lemon Balm Lemonade

I’ve grown lemon balm for years, and with my last move forgot to take some with me.  While visiting my son a week ago, I grabbed several leaves from his plants and made Lemon Balm Lemonade.  To me it had a nice additional lemon flavor that I liked.

4 lemons, juiced  (I used the equivalent in lemon concentrate.)
1/2 cup fresh lemon balm leaves
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup boiling water
2 1/2 cups water

Boil 2/3 cup water and sugar together either on the stove, or in the microwave until sugar is dissolved.  Add the lemon balm leaves and slightly crush.  Let stand at least 15 minutes.  Remove the leaves.  Add the lemon juice and 2 1/2 cups water.  Serve with ice, or refrigerate until cold.

Lemon Balm Lemonade

Lemon Balm Lemonade

 

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