The combination of cilantro’s cooling and detoxifying properties with the high amounts of vitamin C found in the lemon juice, the enzymes and sugars from the honey, and a little pinch of mineral-rich salt help replenish the body on a hot day. Cilantro lemonade is excellent plain or over ice. You can even use it as a base for fun summer cocktails.
- 1 bunch cilantro, about 2 cups packed
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1-2 lemons
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- Combine the cilantro with the lemon juice, honey, salt and water in a blender and purée for 3 minutes. The drink will be a rich green color with a beautiful white foam on top. I enjoy drinking the lemonade as it is, with the cilantro pulp, but you can strain it through a sieve or tea strainer before serving, if you like. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
NOTE: You can drink cilantro lemonade on a daily or weekly basis to stay cool in hot weather or to support liver and digestive function and gentle detoxification. It also makes a nice seasonal tonic to help the body transition from colder to warmer weather.
Brittany Wood Nickerson is the author of The Herbalist’s Kitchen (Storey Publishing, 2017).