I bottled my Finnish Hard Lemonade tonight. I was sure it was going to be atrocious, as it smelled like turpentine. Turns out it isn't too bad. I also have to admit my dandelion wine smells pretty good and seems to be progressing better than anticipated. Early summer is lemonade season.
I make homemade lemonade using the Anne of Green Gables recipe. 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon, 2 cups of sugar, and 2 cups of water. Boil the water and sugar while squeezing the lemons. Then add 1 1/2 cups of the concentrate to about 6 cups of water. Wonderful. I will warn you it is addicting and pre-made lemonades will never have the same standing.
The Finnish lemonade is a fermented mead. 4 cups of boiling water with 2 1/2 cups of honey dissolved. 4 lemons zest with pith thrown out and sliced thinly. Add 1/2 tsp. yeast to 1/2 cup of water. Then add 16 cups of water into the bucket with an airlock. Let sit a week. Put it in gallon jugs with raisins or dried cranberries. Then I treated it like my wines and racked it every month for 3 months. Added 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar boiled an voila.... hard lemonade. I was skeptical, but now I will have to make another batch. I just started a cherry rhubarb wine and have high hopes for it. I am on my 72 batch of wine. Pretty good for just a starter kit. Almost every batch is made with home grown fruits. The lemons are definitely and exception on that.
Blooms are at a lull right now. mainly iris and columbine. These aren't the best photos as I waited way too long to take them and the sun was already down. I will do better next time I promise.
I have been running occasionally in the mornings now, as it is cooler. Anyone who really knows me knows that this is an amazing feat. I am a lot of things in the morning, full of energy and enthusiasm is not one of them. Ella, on the other hand, thinks it is AWESOME.