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Total Time
15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

A spicy sparkling lemonade. You can make this an adult beverage by substituting white Vinho Verde (a young semi-sparkling wine from Portugal) for the carbonated seltzer. CAUTION: Bird's eye chiles are very hot.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 red bird's eye chili (peri peri pepper)
  • 7 meyer lemons (one of them sliced)
  • 1 cup honey (orange blossom is good)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 liter seltzer water, well chilled (or sparkling water, unflavored)

Directions

  1. Place the pepper in a 1 1/2 liter pitcher and crush with a pestle.
  2. Juice 6 of the lemons and pour the juice into the pitcher.
  3. Warm the honey slightly in a microwave and add to the juice, stirring well.
  4. Add the cilantro and lemon slices.
  5. Just before serving, add seltzer to pitcher and stir lightly.
  6. Serve over ice.