Sumac Lemonade

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Sumac Lemonade is a refreshing twist on classic lemonade with dried sumac powder added to it. Use my easy recipe to make it.

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Sumac lemonade served in a glass.
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About Sumac Lemonade

Sumac Lemonade is a delicious twist on the classic lemonade recipe with added sumac (a lemony-earthy flavored spice).

To make this version, a simple syrup infused with dried sumac powder (or staghorn sumac drupes) is made, and this syrup is then added to the regular lemonade ingredients to give it a very earthy, refreshing, and unique taste.

This delicious lemonade can be made using dried sumac spice powder or fresh berries. I like to use dried powder as it is much easier to source and can be made year-round.

Add a splash of white gin, vodka, or tequila to make a lovely cocktail for your next house party.

My recipe will make enough sumac syrup to make 10 glasses of lemonade. You can easily double or triple the recipe for a crowd.

Ingredients

Sumac lemonade ingredients.

For The Sumac Syrup, you need three ingredients: ground Sumac, sugar, and water.

Sumac is a vine or shrub-like tree that grows in subtropical and temperate regions worldwide, including East Asia, Africa, and North America, mostly in the wild.

It has small berries (called drupes) that are tart and citrusy in taste. It can be used in many recipes and is loaded with health benefits.

Dried sumac powder is easily available in grocery stores or online. Check the spice section of the grocery store.

You can replace sugar with honey or maple syrup.

To Make The Lemonade – Sumac syrup is mixed with club soda (soda water), or seltzer and freshly squeezed lemon juice to make this refreshing drink.

You can replace lemon juice with lime juice, too.

How To Make Sumac Flavored Lemonade

Make Sumac Syrup

Combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of granulated sugar in a medium saucepan. 

Water and sugar added to a pan.

Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. 

Reduce the heat to low and cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally while cooking.

Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Ready sugar syrup.

Add 3 tablespoon ground sumac to the saucepan, stir to combine, and allow to infuse for 15 minutes. 

Ground sumac added to the pan.

Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer or a coffee filter.

This syrup is good enough to make 8-10 glasses of lemonade.

Strained syrup.

Make The Lemonade

Add 4-5 ice cubes to a tall serving glass.

Ice cubes added to a glass.

Pour ¼ cup of sumac syrup into the glass.

Sumac syrup poured in the glass.

Top with 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, top the glass with club soda or seltzer, and stir gently.

Check for sweetness and add more syrup if you like your drink sweeter.

Garnish with a slice of lemon and a few mint leaves, and serve immediately.

Club soda pored in the glass to make sumac lemonade.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make sumac flavored lemonade using sumac drupes?

Clean a large sumac cluster and remove any extra sticks or leaves clinging to them. Break the drupes and remove the sumac berries from the sticks. Place these berries in a bowl with 2 cups of cool water and crush the berries using the back of the spoon or a potato masher. Let them sit for 6 hours or overnight in water. Strain the water using a fine mesh strainer and use it to make the lemonade.

How to forage for sumac?

Sumac leaves tend to change their color from bright yellow or green to red or orange in late summer or early fall. This is the perfect time to forage for sumac. Look for red cone-shaped sumac flowers with clusters of soft edible pink peppercorns like berries. Read more about it here.

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Sumac Lemonade is a refreshing twist on the classic lemonade with the addition of dried sumac powder. Make it using my easy recipe.
5 from 1 vote

Sumac Lemonade Recipe

Sumac Lemonade is a refreshing twist on the classic lemonade with the addition of dried sumac powder. Make it using my easy recipe.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Cooling & Infusing Time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients 

For The Sumac Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground sumac

For The Lemonade

  • ¼ cup sumac syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime juice)
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Instructions 

Make Sumac Syrup

  • Combine water and granulated sugar in a medium saucepan. 
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. 
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally while cooking.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Add ground sumac to the saucepan, stir to combine, and allow to infuse for 15 minutes. 
  • Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer. 
  • This syrup is good enough to make 8-10 glasses of lemonade.

Make The Lemonade

  • Add 4-5 ice cubes to a tall serving glass.
  • Pour ¼ cup of sumac syrup into the glass.
  • Top with 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and top the glass with club soda or seltzer and stir gently.
  • Check for sweetness and add more syrup if you like your drink sweeter.
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon and a few mint leaves and serve immediately.

Video

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Notes

Add a splash of white gin, vodka, or tequila to make a lovely cocktail for your next house party.
My recipe will make enough sumac syrup to make 10 glasses of lemonade. You can easily double or triple the recipe for a crowd.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 1mg, Sugar: 40g, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
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