Minted raspberry lemonade and how to make ice cubes in Paris
|Minted raspberry lemonade: my new favorite summertime drink|
While there are already lots of Minted Raspberry Lemonade recipes in existence, I would like to share a super easy one that I created after spotting "Mon jus de citron" ("my lemon juice"), a new product at Picard. It's the perfect summertime drink.
Ingredients for one glass:
Raspberry Syrup (Sirop de Framboise) to taste
1-2 cubes 100% frozen lemon juice ("Mon jus de citron" from the sauce section of Picard)*
Fresh mint leaves
A couple of raspberries, fresh or frozen
Put raspberry syrup, frozen lemon juice cubes and bruised mint leaves (roll the leaves between your fingers to bruise them) in a glass. Fill the glass with cold Perrier. Garnish with a lemon slice and raspberries. You can add ice cubes if you would like but the frozen lemon juice does a wonderful job chilling the drink.
*If you don't have access to a Picard, squeeze fresh lemons and freeze the juice in cubes. Add the desired number of cubes to your drink.
How to make ice cubes in Paris (No, I'm not kidding!)
For Americans, the question of how to make ice in a country where most refrigerators don't come equipped with integrated ice makers is a serious one. In fact, it's often the first question that visitors ask during the summer months when they can't locate the ice cubes in my freezer. But the reason that they can't find them is because they're mysteriously wrapped in plastic.
If you would like to make ice in Paris, buy some "sachets glaçons" ("ice bags") from your local grocery store. They're located near the plastic wrap in my neighborhood Carrefour. Pull a bag out of the box, find the end with the funnel and fill the bag with water. Unless you want oddly shaped cubes, place the bag in a flat spot in the freezer. Wait a couple of hours. And, voilà - you've got ice!