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Adding chili heat and other surprises to classic lemonade.

Tangy syrups team with classic lemonade to create spicy summertime refreshers. Infused with ginger, plum, cardamom, chili, or mint, the syrups sweeten and flavor a lemon base.

To allow guests to create their own beverages to taste, offer one or several syrups with the lemonade.

Spiced Lemonade

1-1/2 quarts water

1-1/2 cups lemon juice

Ice

Spiced syrup (recipes follow)

Thin lemon slices for garnish

In a 2-to 3-quart pitcher, mix water and lemon juice. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Add spiced syrup to each glass to taste, allowing 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 tablespoons for each 1 cup of lemonade. Garnish with thin lemon slices. Makes about 8 servings.

Spiced syrup. Use any of the following flavors; syrups keep, chilled, for 2 months.

Ginger syrup. In a 1-1/2- to 2-1/2-quart pan, place 1 cup (5 oz.) peeled and coarsely chopped fresh giner, 1 cup sugar, 3 cups water, and 3 strips lemon peel (each 1/2 by 2 in., yellow part only). Boil, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. To measure, pour liquid through a strainer set over a glass measuring cup. Return ginger to syrup. Let cool.

Salted plum syrup. Follow preceding recipe for ginger syrup; omit ginger and use 24 dried salted plums (available at Asian and Mexican food markets).

Cardamon syrup. Follow preceding recipe for ginger syrup; omit ginger and use 40 whole cardamon pods, cracked open. Discard pods after cooking.

Hot chili syrup. Follow preceding recipe for ginger syrup; omit ginger and use 12 small dried hot red chilies.

Mint syrup. In a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine 2 cups coarsly chopped fresh mint (leaves and stems), 1 cup sugar, 1 quart water, and 3 strips lemon peel (each 1/2 by 2 in., yellow part only). Boil, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Pour syrup through a strainer; discard mint.
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