I made a sour batch of Lemonade from scratch today. I’ll admit it, the small amount of raw cane sugar I combined with water in my glass gallon jug wasn’t enough to offset the cup of lemon juice I mixed it with. But I was really hoping to cut out sugars. I chose cane sugar because the kids like the taste and it wasn’t processed or genetically modified like regular white sugar from sugar beets is, but I also didn’t add quite enough I think.
See, I was determined not to add more cane sugar, as this was to be a drink that would counter the acid forming qualities of the sugar that my children could enjoy. See, lemon juice is awesome for improving a body’s pH and one of the gentlest ways to restore pH balance and alkalinity. Lemon juice is itself acidic, but the ash of lemon juice is alkaline. When we consume lemon, it neutralizes acidic pH in our bodies and makes them more alkaline. This is important because a body with an acidic pH is the foundation of disease. If I were a perfect healthy mom, I’d just serve water. I’m not perfect though… I’m just trying to make healthier choices.
So, I brainstormed ways to improve the flavor of my lemonade. That’s when I saw the watermelon chilling in my fridge. I filled my old Coca-Cola glass halfway with my tart lemonade. I chose the Coke glass just to kind of stick it to Coke, the beverage I’ve spent most of my life addicted to. Then, I dropped in cubes of watermelon because watermelon is pretty much number one on the lists of foods that help create an alkaline pH. I garnished the drink with a few blueberries and this is what I got:
I’m sure millions of people have thought of this already, but it’s my experiment gone, wrong gone amazingly right.
It tastes exactly like watermelon Kool Aid to me. Or the watermelon Hubba Bubba chewing gum I used to love as a kid. And when my daughter and I finished up the drink, we gobbled up the most delicious blueberries I’ve ever had! I only wish I had thought of this when I was pregnant with my son and all I wanted was macaroni and cheese and watermelon Kool Aid slushies.