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1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon or lime zest (or both)
1 jalapeño, stemmed and sliced

Start by making a lemonade base. Mix sugar and 2 1/2 cups water in saucepan over medium heat and cook until sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Allow to cool.

Add lemon juice and zest. Pour into jar and add jalapeño. Refrigerate 3 hours, then remove jalapeño; leave in longer for spicier drink. To serve, mix equal parts base and cold water into glass filled with crushed ice. Makes about 4 cups of base.

Variation: Use freshly brewed iced tea instead of water for a spicy take on an Arnold Palmer.

Servings: 8. Serving size: 1 cup. Per serving: 130 calories, 0.2 g protein, 0 g fat, 34.6 g carbohydrates, 0.2 g dietary fiber, trace sodium, 0 mg cholesterol

Kelly Hightower, Sam Houston Electric Cooperative