I feel like in the world of lemonade, there are two time periods. One before Beyonce (B.B) and one after Beyonce (A.B). And any talk of lemonade that falls in A.B, requires us to pay respects to Queen B.
Dear Beyonce, I bow to you.
Now we can move on.
Have we ever told you about Ideyna? They are the only handmade online marketplace you need to get on! Set up by two best friends Ekta and Nafisa, it is an online space with a mission to promote as many local artists and craftspeople as possible. We love browsing through their site; some of the things you can find on there are so darling! I had these gorgeous She Said pins custom-made for Nancy and I recently and have to give thanks to Ideyna for making it such an easy job!
Nafisa and Ekta from Ideyna
I also love collaborations and so when the cake-loving duo asked me to work on a drink recipe for their blog (also one you should follow), I immediately said yes! I never make drinks which meant I had no idea where to start! I thought I would knock the ball into their court by asking for specifics (along with a disclaimer that I was no mixologist). They gave me three conditions: it had to be Ramadan themed, refreshing, and most importantly tasty.
Nancy’s drink of choice at an Iftar usually is qamardeen so suggested I look into apricots. Adding to that, I always think of lemonade when I think of a refreshing drink in the summer – so that was main ingredient number two. Nearly there.
The rest of the ingredients (mint and ginger) all kinda fell into place as I kept tasting my concoction and before you knew it, I managed to come up with something that tasted pretty good and share-worthy!
All you mixologists out there, spill the lemonade (oh hail Beyonce!) – what’s your go-to summer drink?
All photography by Ideyna – aren’t they just so stunning? See the original post here