My obsession with this drink is UNREAL. I’ve never been a big soda person, but I officially stopped drinking that and all nasty sugary drinks in high school after I found out that there’s about 2-4 grams of sugar in 1 sugar packet. How nauseating?!?
Fast forward to April of this year. I started following The Skinny Confidential on literally EVERY social media platform because she is #goals. She mentioned Suja’s Lemon Love in one of her posts and let me tell you there was no turning back for me. There’s only four ingredients and it’s super low-cal with no disgusting chemicals. You know those chemicals you can’t even pronounce? Ick. None of those. For the past six months I’ve been on a pretty heavy work-out schedule with a tight allotment of cals. In other words, I’m hangry majority of the day, but I am still able to fit this drink into my diet plan, thank God for that. Unfortunately it’s not really in my budget to just keep these on retainer 24/7 so I’ve had to improvise a bit. I call it…The Lemon No. 5 because how chic is that?
You will need:
- ¾ cup of ice
- 6-8 oz sparkling water
- 1 shot of vodka (optional, but probably necessary on the weekend)
- Juice of ½ of a lemon
- 1 squeeze (or to taste) organic liquid stevia
- 1 sprinkle (or to taste) of cayenne pepper to sex it up a bit
How to make The Lemon No.5:
- Fill your glass with the ice.
- Add your sparkling water.
- **For the slutty version, add your shot(s) of vodka.
- Cut lemon in half and squeeze in juice of 1 of the lemon halves.
- Add in your stevia – I only use 1 baby squeeze but you may want more or less depending on what your tastes. Spoiler alert – it’s SUPER concentrated so be conscious of that.
- Add your cayenne pepper.
- Use a stirring spoon to mix it all together.
- Become obsessed.
SIDE NOTE: this is NOT just a drink for all the ladies. I brought this concoction up to Athens for my best friend’s graduation festivities and all of the boys legitimately forced me to make them one. Put it in a beer or whiskey glass for your man if they need it to feel “manly” or whatever.
Photography by Rebecca Rollolazo.