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Grapefruit and Fennel Lemonade

grapefruit fennel lemonade

My friends tease me for being crazy about fennel. I love it so much that I even figured out how to put it in lemonade. Even if you’re not as crazy about fennel as I am, you should try it here. The flavor that the whole seeds give to simple syrup is subtle, herbaceous, and refreshing.

Grapefruit and Fennel Lemonade

Serves 6; Makes 8 cups
Recipe by Sanda Pagaimo

Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Active Cooking Time: 15 minutes

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds
  • 6½ cups cold water
  • 1½ cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (from about 2 big grapefruit)
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)

Begin by making fennel simple syrup. Place the sugar, fennel seeds, and ½ cup of water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, just until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool completely, about 15 minutes, and then strain out the fennel seeds.

To make the lemonade, thoroughly mix the fennel simple syrup with the remaining 6 cups of cold water and the grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Place the lemonade in the bottles and store it in the fridge.

Photo by Sanda Pagaimo


Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo is a stylist and photographer originally from Yugoslavia who has lived for the last 16 years in Lisbon, Portugal. She writes, styles, and photographs seasonal recipes and presents them on her blog, Little Upside Down Cake.

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