Wednesday, August 29, 2012
So when I saw a glass of what looked like pink lemonade on my friend Angie's facebook page with the label "Sumac-Ade" I was greatly intrigued. Supposedly she had made it from the cones of the sumac tree! It was late at night but I found my sumacs by flashlight and snapped off a few flower clusters. I made a little batch of the most delicious drink you could imagine just by soaking the berries in cold water and adding a little sugar. It's sour like lemonade but with a distinctive taste.
6-8 Sumac Cones
Cold water to cover
Sugar or Maple Syrup to taste
Shake off any insects on the cones and place them in a large pot. Crush and break the cones apart and cover with cold water. Let sit for an hour, then strain. Add a little sweetener and serve over ice.