HF-W’s ‘Ginger’ Lemonade


The ginger is in inverted commas because this ‘ginger’ lemonade didn’t turn out to be particularly gingery. HF-W specifies you use a piece of ginger the size of a thumb, so I can only assume he is the proud owner of digiti primi as big as cucumbers … great for hitchhiking but about as arbitrary as a cup as a term of measurement. Yumblog therefore recommends you use a piece of ginger the size of two thumbs – think Selwyn Froggitt* and then think Selwyn Froggitt again.

* Topical reference for the kids.

Preparation time: 5 minutes plus 30 minutes steepage
Cooking time: none
Skill level: none
Serves: 2


  • fresh mint leaves – big handful – chopped
  • 1 piece of root ginger – about the size of a ‘very’ large thumb or 2 normal thumbs – finely chopped
  • honey – 4tbsp
  • fresh lemon or lime juice – 90ml
  • sparkling mineral water
  • ice


Put the chopped mint, ginger, and honey into a medium bowl and add 450ml of boiling water.

Leave to steep for 30 minutes.

ginger lemonade

Strain into a measuring jug, pressing down on the solids with the back of a ladle or spoon to get out as much of the infused liquid as possible.

ginger lemonade

Add the lemon or lime juice and enough cold sparkling water to make the liquid up to one litre.

Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour over the lemonade.

Verdict: Despite it’s lack of gingeriness this is still a very refreshing minty/lemony drink.

Drink: If you want to turn this into a proper adult drink I would suggest it could be invigorated with a shot or two of vodka…please drink responsibly.

Entertainment: Amusing Yumblog Junior with bright colours, strong patterns and a multitude of squeaks and rattles.


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