Whole fruit lemonades have really become a ‘thing’ for me this summer. It all started with an attempt to consume as much pineapple as possible – my miserable pregnant self had a baby to evict and so the legend goes that consuming mass amounts of pineapple can help with said eviction. Once can only eat so much pineapple and really, the pineapple core is what you really want to be consuming, anyway. So I started cutting up whole pineapples, core and all, and blending them into a lemonade.
My favorite thing about this lemonade, aside from the fact that it’s delicious, is that it is so much better for you than traditional sugar-filled lemonades. Since the whole pineapple is blended in, you get all of the vitamins, fiber, and bromelian that you would ordinarily miss out on. Bromelian is one of natures best anti-inflammitories and this lemonade is an excellent way to consume it. There is also no refined sugar in this lemonade as it is sweetened with a little maple syrup only.
Since peaches are in season right now, I threw one in for good measure. I LOVE peaches in lemonade.
NOTE: The sweetness of the lemonade you make is very much dependent on the sweetness of the fruits you use. Choose the ripest, most fragrant pineapple that you can find. If it’s underipe, let it sit on the counter for a few days, even up to a week. If your pineapple is not so sweet, you may need to add more maple syrup.
- 1 Small Pineapple (very ripe)
- 2 Peaches (very ripe)
- Juice of 3 Lemons
- ¼-1/3 cup Maple Syrup
- 1½ tablespoons Vanilla
- 4 cups Cold Water
- Cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple. Cut the skin of the sides. Cut the pineapple into cubes(including the core - the core is full of Bromelian!). Place the pineapple cubes in a high speed blender.
- Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Add them to the blender along with the lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, and 2 cups of the water. Blend on high speed for one minute, or until completely liquefied and smooth. Pour into a pitcher and stir in the remaining 2 cups of water. Taste and add more maple syrup if more sweetness is desired.
- Pour over ice and serve!