While we don't have a recipe for perfect lemonade, here is one for a somewhat spiked version of Lemon Verbena Lemonade.
Chop just half a cup of fresh lemon verbena leaves and put in a jar. Add 4 cups of vodka and let sit covered for two weeks, shaking every once in a while. After two weeks, add 2 cups of sugar and shake to dissolve. Let THAT sit for two weeks. Strain out the leaves, bottle the gloriously fragrant, delicious liqueur and either add it to desserts, or seltzer. If you REALLY want to drink it straight, I suggest doing that by the THIMBLEFUL!!!! It honestly tastes JUST the way fresh Lemon Verbena leaves smell.
Lemon Verbena Liqueur Recipe is courtesy of Weeds and Wild Things.
Lemon Verbena was brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 17th century from Argentina and Chile. There it was grown for its fabulous lemony oil that was used in perfume and beverages until cheaper Lemon Grass oil replaced it. Aloysia triphylla is named after Maria Louisa the princess of Parma and wife of King Carlos IV King of Spain and that it has whorls of three (tri) leaves (phylla).
Lemon Verbena is a rapidly growing elegant shrub that can reach 15 feet with tropical conditions. More likely it will reach 4 to 5 feet. Cutting the main stems will force side branching and produce a shrubby form faster.
Lemon Verbena likes warm moist conditions with plenty of sunlight. In frost free areas, it is an evergreen perennial. When exposed to frost, it becomes deciduous.
They are small, white, single and inconspicuous. Their airy feel is an elegant crowning point for the open form of the plant. The fragrant flowers are also used in tea and culinary concoctions.
Use anywhere you want to add a lemony taste. Lemon Verbena makes tasty tea both by itself and in combination with other herbs.
It can be steeped in milk and added to puddings, ice creams, sorbets (like the Lemon Tarragon Sorbet below) or any baked goodies calling for milk.
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