Recipe: Sparkling Pineapple-Sage Lemonade (sugar free)

This recipe is super easy, quickly done and excellent for hot summer days.

In this recipe, you are taking advantage of its capacity to reduce sweating (by up to 50% according to German studies) and to cool the body.

Sage is part of the mint family and has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years.

In ancient Egypt, it was being used as a fertility drug whereas Greeks knew it to help stop bleeding of wounds and cleaning of ulcers and sores. Sage is valuable for nervous diseases and fevers such as typhoid fever.

Sage juice, tonic or tea is also recommended to gargle with when suffering from a sore throat, cough or hoarseness as well as to relieve nervous headache.

Herbalists recommend it internally for strengthening of the nervous system, improving memory (similar to rosemary) and sharpening the senses, reducing excessive menstrual bleeding, stimulating weak digestion, and externally to treat sprains, swelling, ulcers and bleeding.

 

Ingredients for 2 L ( half a gallon):

1.5 C fresh pineapple

2-3 ripe limes

stevia, to taste

20-30g fresh sage

1L sparkling water

1 C ice cubes

How to make sage lemonade:

Peel and dice pineapple.

Juice limes, blend with pineapple.

Strain through a sieve or nut milk bag.

Add stevia to taste, depending on your pineapple’s ripeness.

Place sage in a bowl or mortar, mash with a pestle.
If you do not have a pestle, rub sage between your clean fingers to free its aromatic scent.

Add to pineapple blend. *

Refrigerate until serving.

When ready to serve, place ice cubes in a large jar or divide between drinking glasses.

Pour your mix over ice cubes.

Top with sparkling water.

* Tip: Lemonade Ice Cubes

Add 1 cup of water and pour the pineapple-sage mix into ice cube trays to have lemonade cubes available all the time.

They will slowly melt in your drink – mmmh!

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