Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kawakawa Lemonade

For a bit of fun why not make a Kawakawa lemonade.

Its simple tasty - and I guess just plain old interesting.

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Manuka Honey
  • 1 Cup Water
Basically put these ingredients in a pot on the stove - and stir until the honey and sugar has dissolved.

Take of the stove and mix in one cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice.

This is called the Syrup.

Put in the fridge.

NEXT:

Steep the Kawakawa!

First wash 10 Kawakawa leaves.

Then put them in a pot with five cups of water - and simmer for 5 minutes - remove the leaves (you should have a nice green tea).

Take this water - and add to the lemon syrup mixture - and cool down - icy cool - in the fridge.

Once cold add ice - and drink.

Also note: this does not keep - the Kawakawa will go from lovely green to a dark brown fluid over night (apparently the chlorophyll becomes unstable).

Kawakawa is a native tree - that has heart shaped leaves. It occurs at the tip of the South Island - and all over the North - it was used by the Maori for its medicinal properties.


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