Lightly Sweetened Sparkling Meyer Lemonade

This week I wrote about my freezer not working right and my seedlings being stunted and yellow. It’s been one of those weeks. It all started when I dropped my camera and from there, it seemed like nothing was going my way.

Nothing!

But my spirits picked up a little bit when we were grocery shopping on Saturday and I found that the stock of Meyer lemons was replenished. They had been gone and I figured they were out of season, but now they were back! And sure, most of them were a little bit soft and worse for the wear, but I picked through them and found some decent ones.

So this is going to be a happy post. Happy, happy! No more complaining about my camera lens or my gardening woes or my warm freezer. Because Meyer lemons, especially unexpected Meyer lemons, make me happy.

Being a planner, I fretted a bit about bringing them home without a specific recipe in mind for them, but then I realized that the best way to enjoy the flavor of these Meyer lemons would be to make lemonade with them. Lemonade, after all, doesn’t need anything more than lemons, water, and sweetener.

And the only thing better than fresh lemonade is sparkling lemonade. Since we have a Sodastream, we can make sparkling water at home anytime we need it, so I used that–if you don’t have a Sodastream, just buy a bottle of sparkling water at the grocery store.

This Lightly Sweetened Sparkling Meyer Lemonade is bright, tart, and effervescent.

It’s impossible to be in a funky mood when you’re drinking sparkling lemonade. Impossible! As the name suggests, it’s only lightly sweetened with a little bit of agave nectar–I’m not a fan of cloying, syrupy lemonades, so I added just enough agave to balance the tartness of the lemons. If you like your lemonade sweet, add a tablespoon or two more. (Although the more agave nectar you add, the darker the lemonade will be.)

Lightly Sweetened Sparkling Meyer Lemonade

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Serving Size: about 1 1/4 cup

Lightly Sweetened Sparkling Meyer Lemonade

A bright, effervescent sparkling lemonade made with Meyer lemons. Just sweet enough to take the edge off the tartness.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. Meyer lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons)
  • 3 tbsp. agave nectar
  • 3 1/2 c. sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a resealable bottle. Close bottle and shake until well-combined. Let lemonade sit for a few minutes before opening (and open carefully!). Add ice cubes, additional agave nectar, and lemon slices when serving if desired.

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