Thursday, 23 August 2012

Vanilla Bean Lemonade with LittlePod

I was recently sent some goodies from LittlePod to review. They are a company who specialise in quality vanilla products and I was lucky enough to be sent their natural vanilla paste, bourbon vanilla extract and coffee extract. I’ll be trying out recipes with the extracts soon, but I couldn’t wait to use the paste.

It comes in a metal tube, and has at least 20 pods crammed in there. Now I had never seen vanilla paste before but then I saw a recipe on the Food Network using it, and I thought to myself this is fate. I had to make the vanilla bean lemonade. And so, this is Cakeyboi's first venture into drinks!

It’s very simple to put together and is very very refreshing.

Adapted From Food Network

125 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
90 grams sugar
90 ml water
1 tablespoon Little Pod vanilla paste
1 litre sparkling water
Crushed ice
Sliced Lemons

Make a simple syrup, by mixing the water and sugar in a saucepan, heating it until the sugar has dissolved. Remove this from the heat and allow it to cool completely.

In a jug combine the lemon juice and vanilla paste, stirring well. Add the simple syrup and sparkling water, again stirring well. Add ice and your drink is ready! Garnish with some lemon slices. The vanilla seeds mixed through the drink are a lovely touch.

This really is thirst quenching and pleasantly sweet with the lovely vanilla taste. It’s almost like drinking a lemon meringue pie!! The paste is great and I will definitely be using it in lot's of things. 

(And if you are so inclined, you could substitute some of the sparkling water with vodka – for a more adult spin on this.) Enjoy…

Disclosure Statement: I received the ingredients free, to review them. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. 


  1. Yum! This sounds heavenly! I have never tried it but I understand vanilla paste is supposed to be great in baked goods. I can't wait to see how you use the extracts. : )

    1. Stay tuned - lots of goodies coming up over the next few weeks using the extracts :)

  2. I love vanilla. I love lemonade. Combine the two = amazeballs! Great idea :)

    1. It really is a wickedly refreshing drink!

  3. Oh I love vanilla paste! I use it in everything! Vanilla and lemon sounds fab!

    1. The vanilla paste really keeps it's flavour through the baking too!

  4. This looks so refreshing! Lemon meringue pie in drink form sounds like heaven!

    1. Or you could substitute limes - for key lime pie liquified!!

  5. WOW, sounds SO refreshing :D will make some later on today :D
    Thank you for dropping by my humble silly blog :D


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  7. That looks amazing, would never have thought to put vanilla in lemonade but can see how it works.

  8. Sounds perfect! I love all their products, really into the chocolate extract at the mo!


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