A sweet neighbor gave us a basket of lemons from her sister’s lemon tree and they were really, really good!
As I was trying to use them up, I came up with this recipe. The children and I went through about 12 versions of this until I came up with this one. They all loved it and begged me not to change it.
I debated about what to call this, and I even took an informal survey on Facebook. See, it has a secret ingredient that doesn’t belong in most drinks unless you are drinking bullet proof coffee. So, I played around with several different names.
It became very apparent that I have northern friends and southern friends. When I first tossed around the name Hot Buttered Lemonade, my northern friends almost “took a heart attack” right there. My southern friends were like, “Oh yes! Bring on the butter! Does it have bacon in it too?” My northern friends were freaking out and saying, “Butter in a drink? That is so gross! I know you are a great cook and my dearest friend, but I think I need to unfriend you right now.” (Or something close to that.)
So, as promised, for my northern friends, this is called Hot Lemon Cider. (I told you I would change the name for you!)
For my southern friends, I present to you, Hot Buttered Lemon Cider, or Hot Buttered Lemonade, or Hot Buttered Something.
Hot Lemon Cider or Hot Buttered Lemon Cider
1 1/2 tsp butter
1/2 C sugar
3 C water
1/2 C lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2 cinnamon sticks, optional but yummy
Juice the lemons (if using fresh lemon juice).
In a sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the sugar and stir to combine with the butter.
Stir in the water and lemon juice. Add the cinnamon sticks if desired. Heat until hot. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
My children love this! So do I! But, if this isn’t for you, you can put on some Homemade Hot Cocoa.
So, is it Hot Lemon Cider or Hot Buttered Lemon Cider for you?
- 1 1/2 tsp butter
- 1/2 C sugar
- 3 C water
- 1/2 C lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cinnamon sticks, optional but yummy
- Juice the lemons (if using fresh lemon juice).
- In a sauce pan, melt the butter.
- Add the sugar and stir to combine with the butter.
- Stir in the water and lemon juice.
- Add the cinnamon sticks if desired.
- Heat until hot.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
- My children like to drink this through the cinnamon stick.