As I’ve written before, Swedes drink a lot of milk (and also eat a lot of dairy products and a lot of food based on milk). When it comes to how much Sweden comes in fourth place (after Finland, Ireland and Iceland), with its 89,4 liters milk and 20 kilograms cheese per person and year (2013) according to Norrmejerier, LRF.
Put 13 cups of fresh black currant leafs in a big bowl (or small bucket) add 2 tbsp citric acid 4 lbs sugar and 12 cups of boiling water 3 sliced lemons (if you want some color also add 2-4 cups of black currants).
Stir well so the sugar is dissolved and let it rest in a cool place (make sure the lemons are covered) for three days.
Pour it into bottles or small plastic bags and store in the freezer. When you want to drink it just take one out and let it melt then dilute it with water. Some like just a hint others want their lemonade stronger 😀
2,2 lbs (2 kg) of rhubarb
2 3/4 cups (6,5 dl) cane sugar
6 1/3 cups (1,5 l) boiling water
Flavor it with i.e. a cinnamon stick or two, lime (2-3), lemon (1-3) and/or a little vanilla. This time I used two lemons one cinnamon stick and a pinch of ground vanilla
Put everything in a bowl (not plastic or aluminum) and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Place cold for a day or two.
And just like the elder blossom lemonade: Filter the lemonade (can be done through a kitchen towel) pour it into bottles and store in the freezer. When you want to drink it just pour some in a glass or a jug and add water until the lemonade is perfect according to your taste!
Just made a batch of elder blossom lemonade (my cousins recipe)
20 flower “bouquets” (freshly picked)
4,4 lbs (2 kg) sugar (take approx. 1 lbs brown for the color)
2 packs of vine acid approx. 3,2 oz (90 g)
3 lemons (sliced, no seeds)
1-1/2 cinnamon stick you can have more for a deeper cinnamon flavor
8,4 cups (2 l) of hot (boiling) water
If you want a vanilla touch add 2 tbsp vanilla sugar)
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved, place cold for three to four days depending on how deep a flavor you want (take out the lemons and the cinnamon after the third day).
Filter the lemonade (can be done through a kitchen towel) pour it into bottles and store in the freezer. When you want to drink it just pour some in a glass or a jug and add water until the lemonade is perfect according to your taste!
It can also be a perfect flavors for pannacotta, ice cream and other desserts.
An other thing that hit me this morning was that I have never seen non dairy coffee creamer in Sweden (there might be, but I don’t know).
Swedes drink a lot of milk… Therefor there are fewer lactose intolerant people in Sweden compared to other countries (I have read some research on this topic). Milk is a common beverage when you eat among all ages (it used to be even more popular, but I have noticed that many adults today prefer other beverages).
In the past when you were offered tea or coffee you were offered cream (it was more exclusive back then), but today it is almost always milk that people use with their coffee or tea.