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Cardamom-Spiked Fresh Lemonade Spritzer


Left to right: Cardamom-Spiked Fresh Lemonade Spritzer and Chili-Spiked Fresh Lemonade Spritzer

Left to right: Cardamom-Spiked Fresh Lemonade Spritzer and Chili-Spiked Fresh Lemonade Spritzer

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Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

40 whole white cardamom pods, cracked
1-1/4 cups sugar
3 cups water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 bottle (750 ml) Asti Spumante or club soda
Additional sugar (optional)
Ice
Mint leaves for garnish

Preparation

  1. Combine cardamom pods with 1-1/4 cups sugar and water in medium saucepan. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  2. Pour mixture through strainer into 3-quart pitcher; discard pods. Stir in lemon juice and Asti Spumante. Stir in additional sugar to taste. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

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