My mom just had her 60th birthday and we celebrated in the park, potlucking and jamming with her musician friends and family. She requested carrot cake cupcakes. I also made a 7-layer dip with beans and salsa from scratch. I had quite a lot of locally grown fruit on hand (from the farmers market and Solidarity Farm's CSA) and a tree dripping with guavas (it LOVES all the grey water it's getting from our shower). And with a few of my family members having recently been to Hawaii, I was inspired to make POG (passion fruit-orange-guava, for those who have not been blessed enough to taste this juice blend) lemonade... and OMG, yum! I think it's my best lemonade yet:
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup evaporated cane sugar (or agave or sweetener of your choice)
1 small guava (I think mine are strawberry guavas but honestly I have no idea what variety), peeled and seeded
juice of 1 orange
2 passion fruits
I make a simple sugar first, heating the sugar in a couple cups of water, stirring just until it dissolves; pour into my half-gallon mason jar and allow it to cool in the fridge.
I squeeze my citrus into another container, add the guava and blend until very smooth. Add it to the cooled simple syrup. Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop the goopy flesh and seeds into the juice. Add water to fill the half-gallon container, screw the lid on and shake stir.