Friday, August 20, 2010

Parsley Lemonade / Fresco de Perejil

When I lived in Paraguay in a little tiny pueblo called Capitán Miranda, there was a dear woman who invited us to lunch weekly. Lunch was simple and often included this refreshing drink made of parsley. It may sound a little crazy, but since I walked everywhere I went and it was quite warm there, this drink was something I looked forward to every time I was able to drink it. It must have been awfully hot last week cause when I saw a bunch of parsley in my refrigerator I immediately thought of the drink and my taste buds started working. So, this is what I did:

  1. Wash and blend 1 bunch of parsley in a blender full of cold water.
  2. Strain parsley mixture, letting the parsley water drip into a large pitcher and removing any larger bits of parsley.
  3. Add sugar to desired sweetness and blend again to get it mixed up well. Or, you can make a syrup by boiling 1 part water and 1 part sugar and adding to the parsley juice. But, as I mentioned before, I'm too lazy for that.
  4. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon if desired*
I was actually experimenting with the lemon in this one - I had only ever had just the parsley and actually prefer just the parsley. I felt like the lemon was a little too much on the "refreshing" side since parsley is such a strong "refresher."


cjt said...

Hi Daisy,
Regarding the parsley you add sugar only when lemon juice is added or is that part of the parsley-only drink also?

Daisy said...

Yes, it is part of the parsley-only drink. Although if you're hard core, I'm sure you may just enjoy the parsley flavor. :)