Paul is off of school for this week and I’ve packed the days full of fun but relaxing things for us to do together! All this time I’ve been sad whenever I discover something fun and I can’t share it with him because he hasn’t had time due to studying. So now’s our chance to get the most fun out of this week! Tuesday night we stayed at an Air B&B in Brooklyn and explored some of the city, but we were so tired and I’ve already noticed I need to watch not to wear him out before the next semester starts.
Something I’ve really loved about New York is how bike-friendly it is! I love being able to get on a bike path and just ride for hours through towns and hills and over rivers. Biking these trails has been one of the things that I’ve been dying to do with Paul, so today we hit the trail together! We packed a picnic lunch, of course, with basic sandwiches and a yummy lemonade and off we went! (Keep reading for lemonade recipe below)
Even though the trail runs pretty close to our apartment, we drove about 30 minutes north to be a little more in the mountains and have a different scenery. It’s incredible that literally just half an hour and you feel like you’re in a different part of the country! We got a little wet this morning with rain, but at least we were cool! And it cleared up for us to enjoy lunch along the trail, which we were glad about.
A lot of the trails around here are interesting because they were old railway systems converted into biking and hiking trails. The railways closed down due to a decrease in people taking the train places, which kinda makes me sad because I so love taking trains. This particular trail is around 22 miles, but connects with other trailways that can stretch the entire county.
As stated in a previous post, you guys know that Paul and I LOVE LOVE LOVE picnics! So, what better time and place than on a bike ride! I kept it simple with some sandwiches with roasted chicken, avocado, and lettuce on sprouted bread, and packed some carrots and apples.
Lastly, I concocted a tasty and tart lemonade to rehydrate and refresh us. The recipe was inspired by an infused lemonade we tried in Brooklyn yesterday at a stand right under Brooklyn Bridge called Lizzmonade. It was just a simple lemonade infused with cucumber, mint and basil…So refreshing! Paul loved it so much that he insisted I have a go at making something similar.
So today I came up with a strawberry, cucumber, mint lemonade…just the perfect bit of sweet, fresh, and tart. I love fizzy drinks too, so I made mine with seltzer water to give it a bit of bubbly. One of my favorite parts about Lizzmonade’s lemonade was that it had pulp in it from the infused fruits so I knew I wanted this lemonade a little pulpy!
Turned out, it was the perfect pair for our picnic and and left us feeling refreshed and ready to continue!
What I love about this lemonade is there’s so many different variations to try…switch out blueberries for the strawberries, or use watermelon instead of cucumber. Maybe even try coconut water in place of seltzer water…that’ll probably be my next juice batch for sure!
Tell me…what are you infusing with your lemonade? Are you able to get out and bike on trails similar to this?
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 3 Tbs sugar + 3 Tbs water
- 3 cups seltzer water
- De-stem strawberries and peel cucumber.
- Place strawberries, cucumber, mint, and lemon juice in blender.
- Pulse until smooth.
- Meanwhile, put sugar and 3 Tbs water in microwavable cup and microwave for 30 seconds.
- Make sure all the sugar is dissolved...you now have a simple syrup.
- Place simple syrup in with the strawberries, cucumber, mint and lemon and stir to combine.
- Pour mixture into a tightly sealed bottle and add seltzer water.
- Make sure cap is tightly locked before you rock gently to incorporate ingredients.
- Refrigerate until cold before pouring into glasses and enjoy.