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    Paprika Lemonade

    By Bruno Loubet & Tony Conigliaro

    A very adult non-alcoholic drink. The smoky paprika offsets the sweetness.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus infusing and cooling
    • Cooking time: 5 minutes
    • Total time: 20 minutes, plus infusing and cooling

    Serves: 10


    500ml lemon juice, plus extra lemon slices, to serve
    sparkling water, to top up

    ½ heaped tsp sweet smoked paprika
    500ml caster sugar


    1. For the syrup, stir the paprika into 250ml water and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Put the sugar in a saucepan and strain in the paprika water through a coffee filter set in a sieve. Heat gently for 3-4 minutes, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Strain again though a fine sieve and cool before pouring into a new, sterilised bottle. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    2. For each serving, pour 25ml syrup and 50ml lemon juice into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir to combine, add 1 more ice cube and top with sparkling water; stir again. Garnish with slices of lemon to serve. 

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