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Sweetening Cold Drinks with Fruit Juice
Fresh fruit juice can make a cool summer drink on its own, or be used to sweeten lemonade or iced tea.
One of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had was on a hot summer day at a New York restaurant, sitting at a sidewalk table. The waiter brought fresh lemonade sweetened only with plum juice. Heaven!
Another memorable sweet fruit drink was a tall glass of strawberry juice mixed with ice water with a sprig of fresh basil. Amazing!
If you are going to use juice as a sweetener, it’s best to use fresh-squeezed, as juices in bottles or cartons have been cooked, raising the concentration of sugars.
I like to drink fruit juice diluted. I’ll put a splash of fruit juice in a whole tall glass of water—so I get the flavor and sweetness of the fruit without the blood sugar spike. Remember, even fresh-squeezed juice is more concentrated sugar (albeit natural) than in the whole fruit, so use it sparingly.