Recipe by KelBel
While in Hawaii, we went to the Hawaiian Vanilla Company and had lunch. It was served with Vanilla Lemonade. They would not give out the recipe, it was a nice sweet/tart lemonade with vanilla bean seed in it.
Top Review by atlfitgirl
This lemonade recipe is very similar to the one I have been making for a couple of months from Rachael Ray (Food Network). Her recipe calls for all the exact same ingredients EXCEPT she uses 2 1/2 c of lemon juice and enough water to make 2 gallons of lemonade. Written here as is however, the lemonade will have a weak lemon taste and be overly sweet... This is a delicious lemonade if the sweetener/lemon juice/water are in the right proportions...
- 2 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 2 cups water, plus more as needed
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 1⁄2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 24 lemons)
- lemon wedge, for garnish
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, and 2 cups water and place over medium-high heat.
- Cut the vanilla bean in 1/2 lengthwise, then, using the back of the knife, scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod and add to the saucepan, along with the pod.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 4 or 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Put the lemon juice into a 2 gallon jug or pitcher. Pour the sugar syrup through a strainer into the pitcher.
- Add water to equal 2 gallons and stir well.
- Serve over ice with lemon wheels or wedges.
- Note: Dry off the vanilla pod and add to sugar for a lovely vanilla sugar.