Friday, August 06, 2010

Sumac Lemonade

Eliot and I collected a bunch of Sumac and made Sumac Lemonade out of it. It was really good!
It would make great Popsicles, too.

Basic recipe:

10-12 heads of Sumac berries, either Staghorn (we used) or Smooth variety with RED berries. The white are poisonous.
2-3 quarts of water.
Let soak for 20 minutes in cool water. Do not rinse first or you will loose all of the flavor. I had read somewhere of people soaking them for a lot longer, I might try that next time to taste the difference.
Strain through cheese cloth to remove any fibers or bugs.
Sweeten to taste.
Enjoy over ice.


Heather L. said...

Fascinating! never heard of using sumac. I wonder if we have sumac out here -- I can't remember if I've seen it or not.

Bending Birches said...

what a great idea! glad to have found your site and pleased to meet you;)

Andrea said...

This somehow reminds me of what we used to do in the backyard, thinking of feeding it to the neighborhood bully!

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