facebooktwitterinstagram

Blog

5 Ways to Transition into Winter

You may have noticed that the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are cooler, and some white flakes have even started falling from the sky. Yup, winter is here to stay, so let’s embrace it!

While we will miss warm summer days, winter is the season of slowing down, getting cozy, and spending quality time (indoors) with family and friends. Today we are bringing you a few of our favourite ways to enjoy the colder weather without having to go outside.

1.Whip up a batch of your favourite baked good.

Baking tools, ingredients and utensils on a table. Including flour, spatulas, water and honey.

There’s truly nothing more comforting than the smell (or taste) of a freshly-baked treat. Whether it’s these drool-worthy pumpkin scones or shortbread cookies made with our cordial, your house is sure to be smelling incredible. Be sure to check out all of the delicious recipes on our blog for inspiration, and stay tuned for more coming your way!

2. Light a candle to create some ambiance.

Pink candle, flowers, and cup of tea on a table.

Candles are a must during the winter months. If you don’t have a fireplace, they are an affordable, easy way to create some ambiance and warmth in your home. We are eager to make this DIY lemon essential oil candle, which would also make a fabulous holiday gift. Look for candles in other classic winter scents like pine, cranberry, peppermint, gingerbread, and vanilla!

3. Soothe winter sickness with a hot toddy.

White tea kettle pouring tea into a white tea cup with a lemon inside.

The main drawback of winter is that it marks the peak of cold and flu season! Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a comforting Lighthouse Lemonade hot toddy to soothe sore throats and reduce congestion. Try this drink non-alcoholic for the kids or make the traditional version with whiskey.

  • 1 tbsp of Lighthouse Lemon Cordial
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ½ oz whiskey (optional)
  • 2 tsp honey or to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Non-alcoholic: omit whiskey and add 1 tbsp grated ginger to hot water

Instructions

  1. In a teapot or saucepan, bring water to a boil and pour into a mug.
  2. Add the whiskey, 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of Lighthouse Lemonade. Stir until the honey has melted.
  3. Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

4. Stay inside and crack open a new book.

Open book on white background

Some of the best winter nights are spent indoors curled up with a good book. Round up your most comfortable blankets, light a candle, and get your hot toddy ready! If you’re looking for that perfect book to add to your reading list, try looking at Indigo’s best books of 2019 list for recommendations.

5. Get crafty!

Craft supplies spread out on table. including scissors, textbook, pens and paper.

Winter is the opportune time to take up a new hobby! We suggest stocking up on craft supplies, inviting some friends over and tackling a fun DIY. Because we are lemon-obsessed, why not make these beautiful citrus ornaments, this festive wreath, or a decorative table setting? Decorating for the holidays can be creative and budget-friendly!

Let us know if you’ve tried any of our recommendations and tag us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!


3 Festive Drinks for your Thanksgiving Dinner

Glass of citrus apple cider with cinnamon stick

Fall weather has officially arrived and Thanksgiving is only a few days away!

We know Thanksgiving meals require a lot of planning and time in the kitchen, so we’re here to help you create the perfect drink menu for your guests! We’ve got three delicious, seasonal drink recipes for your gathering, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options for the entire family to enjoy.

Classic Autumn Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Lighthouse Lemonade Cordial
  • 5 oz gin
  • 2 oz apple cider (regular or alcoholic)
  • Splash of ginger beer (avoid ginger ale as it is much sweeter)
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • Apple slices and nutmeg for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine gin, Lighthouse Lemonade, and apple cider in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into an ice-filled glass. Top with ginger beer.
  2. Garnish with an apple slice and freshly-grated nutmeg.

Cranberry Lemon Punch

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lighthouse Lemonade Cordial
  • 2 litres sparkling water
  • 2 cups real cranberry juice (avoid artificial cranberry juice or cocktail as it is much sweeter)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Fresh cranberries and orange or lemon slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine sparkling water, cranberry juice, Lighthouse Lemonade, and ice in a punch bowl.
  2. Top with garnish and serve.

Mulled Citrus Cider

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Lighthouse Lemonade Cordial
  • 4 cups non-alcoholic apple cider
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-grated ginger
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • Grapefruit, orange, and/or lemon slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Take off the heat and let rest for 10 more minutes.
  4. Strain the cider into mugs.

We are so thankful for our amazing customers! You’re the reason we continue to make our delicious lemonade and we’re so glad you’re here for the journey. Let us know what you are thankful for this year and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Lemonade Cheesecake Balls

It’s that time of year again – back to school season! The sun is still shining, but the kids are getting up early and making their way to class. Sending the kids off with healthy and delicious lunches is never easy, which is why we’re bringing you a simple treat to add into the school lunch rotation! This yummy snack is perfect for incorporating the Lighthouse Lemonade you love into a new treat for the whole family to enjoy. You’ll want to make extras for yourself to eat any time of day – we promise not to judge if you have them for breakfast.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp Lighthouse Lemonade Cordial
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 cup block cream cheese, chopped
  • zest of one lemon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients into a food processor or a high-power blender and blend until combined – save ½ cup of shredded coconut for step 3.
  2. Roll mixture into tablespoon-sized balls.
  3. Spread the remaining coconut on a plate and roll each ball in it until lightly coated.
  4. Place balls into the fridge to set for 3 hours.
  5. Remove balls from the fridge and enjoy!

We hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe. Be sure to tag us in your creation on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter!


Lighthouse Lemonade Float

Vegan Lemonade Float

We know it feels like the end of summer is just around the corner, but let’s not worry about that! The sun is still shining and there’s lots of time to enjoy it.

The great news is that those ice-cold drinks we know and love are still as refreshing as ever. It’s not too late to make more summer memories, and adding delicious drinks to the menu never hurts!

This easy recipe can be enjoyed on the patio, at the cottage, with friends at a summer barbeque, or just about anywhere you can bring a bottle of our lemonade and ice cream (dairy-free or vegan is an option too!). This is the summer drink you’ve been waiting for and it’s perfect for children and adults alike. You might want to bring extra ice cream for seconds; don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Ingredients (Makes 3 cups)

1/2 c. Lighthouse Lemonade Cordial

1 tbsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice

2 c. water

4 c. vanilla ice cream*

1/2 c. crushed ice

Sliced lemons, for garnish

*Tip: you can replace regular ice cream with a dairy-free or vegan option!

Directions:

Mix Lighthouse Lemonade and water together in a pitcher and place in the fridge to chill.

1. In a blender, add Lighthouse lemonade, water,freshly-squeezed lemon juice, ice, and ice cream. Blend until smooth and divide among 3 cups.

2. Garnish with slices of lemon, extra ice cream, and serve.

We hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe. Be sure to tag us in your summer adventures with Lighthouse Lemonade on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!


Natural Lemonade Popsicles with Real Fruit

 

Peach Popsicles with real peach slices and herbs on white backdrop

Finally, it’s getting hot outside!

Naturally, as soon as warm weather rolls around, we start craving the delicious summer foods we missed out on over winter. Bring on weekly barbeques, light salads, sangria pitchers, ice cream, and all the fresh fruit we can get our hands on!

Fruit popsicles are an obvious summer staple. Who doesn’t want to be relaxing by the pool with an ice cold popsicle? The reality is that store bought popsicles are laden with processed sugar and artificial flavours.

In response, we’ve developed a healthy alternative: made with our very own Lighthouse Lemonade! These popsicles are dairy free, packed with delicious fruit, and can be customized by adding your favourite ingredients. Try making these popsicles with the kids. They will have a blast experimenting with different flavours and tasting them after

*You will need a popsicle mold for this recipe. Check out Amazon for some great options.

Ingredients:

Peach Lemonade:

  • 1/2 cup Lighthouse Lemonade Cordial
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peach slices
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks

Mint & Kiwi Limeade:

  • 1/2 cup Lighthouse Lemonade (Lemon-Lime Cordial)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 handful of mint leaves, loosely chopped
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh kiwi slices

Berry Lemonade:

  • 1/2 cup Lighthouse Lemonade
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.
  • Pour frozen fruit mixture into popsicle molds.
  • Freeze popsicles overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  • To remove popsicles from their mold, run under warm water for 20 seconds
  • Enjoy!

As always, share your creations on social media and tag us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter!


bottles
lemon1
lemon2
lemon3