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Honey-Vanilla Lemonade

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Servings: Makes 1 gallon (8-12 servings approximately)
This is the best lemonade I have ever had!

"If you'd like to make this more of an adult drink, pour lemonade into blender, add ice cubes, vodka or tequilla and blend well. Serve in martini glasses or champagne flutes. Garnish with lemon wedges and mint sprigs".......Nancy

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 cups water, plus more as needed
1 whole vanilla bean
2 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juce (about 24 lemons)
Lemon wheels or wedges, for garnish

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, and 2 cups water and place over medium-high heat. Cut the vanilla bean in 1/2 lengthwise, then, using the back of the knife, scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod and add to the saucepan, along with the pod. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 4 or 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Put the lemon juice into a gallon jug or pitcher. Pour the sugar syrup through a strainer into the pitcher and discard the pod. Add water to equal 1 gallon and stir well.

Serve over ice with lemon wheels or wedges.

Makes 1 gallon (8 to 12 servings approximately).

Source: Rachael Ray, Food Network
Submitted By: Nancy
Date: August 11, 2006

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