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L'Enfant Lemonade

L'Enfant Lemonade 4.000
Jun 5, 2009

The lemon-wheel garnish for this nojito is more of a flourish: a wink at Washington's ubiquitous traffic circles designed by the drink's namesake, architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant.

Four ounces of lemon soda such as San Pellegrino Limonata may be substituted for a combination of the lemon juice, simple syrup and sparkling mineral water.

Servings: 4
  • 6 ounces applejack, preferably Laird's
  • 3 ounces Lillet Blanc
  • Juice of 3 lemons (3 ounces)
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (see NOTE)
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces sparkling mineral water, such as Perrier
  • Thin round slices of lemon, for garnish


Combine the applejack, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice and simple syrup in a small pitcher; stir to combine.

Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Divide the drink mixture evenly among them, then top each with some of the sparkling mineral water. Stir to combine. Garnish each with a lemon wheel.

NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass container and let cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through; store indefinitely.

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Recipe Source

From Dan Searing of Room 11, a wine bar opening in Columbia Heights.

Tested by Dan Searing.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 168

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 2mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 24g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 22g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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