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Kelli’s Vanilla Bean Lemonade

Lemonade While at work today at the Polka Dot Cake Studio I created a new recipe for Vanilla Bean Lemonade. I wanted to make a lemonade that would work with the sweetness of the cakes we sold in the store, and was inspired by a recipe for Vanilla Bean Lemonade in the appropriately titled book, Lemonade. I created my own version using ingredients at the bakery, and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Usually I’m not a big fan of lemonade, but the vanilla bean really smooths out the flavor and makes a nice combination with the tart lemons. I tested out a sample batch on a few people who came into the store, and they seemed to like it (although everything seems better when you get a free sample!) We’ll be selling it this Saturday at the bakery so stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. It’s a work in progress, so let me know what you think.

Polka Dot Cake Studio
312 Bleecker Street (between Seventh Avenue and Grove Street)
Subway: 1/9 to Christopher Street
(212) 645-0500


Debbie says on June 24th, 2005 at 7:17 pm:

Save some for me! I’ll be in NY soon.

Kristin says on June 24th, 2005 at 8:51 pm:

Well sounds interesting. I would like to try it when I come to visit next month!

Robyn says on June 24th, 2005 at 10:39 pm:

I’m not a big fan of lemonade but I want to try that! I was just in the Polka Dot Cake Studio today (first time, actually; mmm, what a good brownie) but I’ll definitely be going back.

Jessica says on June 25th, 2005 at 11:51 am:

There’s also a recipe in The Joy of Cooking that requires you to cook the lemonade for one hour and strain everything. Very time consuming (and probably not worth it for me), but it takes the bite out of the lemonade.

shuna fish lydon says on June 25th, 2005 at 6:17 pm:

I’ll be in for a glass next week. Will you be open 4th of July weekend?
Me personally I adore the acid in lemons and love lime and lemonade that packs a punch. I could spend a whole year making only lemony desserts…

Kelli says on June 25th, 2005 at 10:55 pm:

We sold out of the first batch quickly today, so it was a pretty good success. I made a second batch which I’m not as happy with as the first, but was still good. The juice from the lemons seemed different. My next goal is consistency :)

I’ll have to check out the Joy of Cooking recipe, although I’m not a fan of waiting and straining. Some people really like the tart flavor, although I prefer sweet.

We will be open 4th of July weekend, stop by if you get a chance!

Molly Ringwald says on June 26th, 2005 at 12:53 am:

Please give us the recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keiko says on June 28th, 2005 at 6:57 am:

Kelli – I’m a big fan of lemonade, but never thought about using vanilla with it… must give it a go, thanks!

Kim says on July 11th, 2005 at 1:32 pm:

Hi Kelli — I was in the bakery on Saturday, asking lots of quetions. Tish gave me the URL to your site–I love it and will be a frequent visitor! Also wanted to let you know that my husband and I loved the lemonade–so cool to know that it’s your concoction :-)

Andrew says on July 15th, 2005 at 6:40 pm:

I too, have had the pleasure of drinking Kelli’s Vanilla-Bean-Nectar-of-the-Gods’. I whole-heartedly vouch for its thirst-quenching properties.

Kristin says on July 19th, 2005 at 12:32 pm:

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I am addicted to this stuff. A must try when visiting NYC! Thanks Kel, I had fun seeing you and Drew.

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