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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Lemonade, Italian Style
As the summer begins, I look for thirst-quenching natural drinks. Water is always a good choice, but ...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
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June 17, 2014
Lemonade, Italian Style

As the summer begins, I look for thirst-quenching natural drinks. Water is always a good choice, but if you want an extra kick, try some good old fashioned lemonade, with an Italian twist, of course. I like my lemonade with all the pulp of the lemon squeezed in, served in a tall glass, half full of ice. Not too sweet for me—just a touch of sugar. I top it off with a few leaves of either basil or mint from my garden, add a long straw, and drink up! As a child, lemons were not readily available in the summer, so my grandmother would substitute wine vinegar instead of the lemon juice—the rest of the recipe stayed the same. This is a healthy and delicious thirst quencher.