From the above passage in Leviticus is where the idea of arbah minim or four species comes from during the Sukkot celebration. The species of trees are thought to be palm, myrtle, citron, and willow. These are the species that make up the traditional lulav that is used during Sukkot celebrations. I thought it would be fun to use four species of trees in a different way--lemonade!
Since it's tough to find citron I used lemon and lime instead. Coconut water made up the palm element. And while some parts of the willow and myrtle family are technically edible they aren't easy to track down and don't really lend themselves to a refreshing beverage. So I decided I would just use four different species of fruit trees, and added pomegranate juice. Look at that beautiful color! It is just as refreshing as it looks.
Four Species Lemonade Recipe:
2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup plain kombucha (optional to add some fizz and probiotics, you could sub more coconut water)
Mix all these ingredients in a pitcher and serve with lots of ice!
That's it. Really easy right? The coconut water is sweet to begin with so you don't need to add any extra sweetener, so it makes this lemonade a better option than most. You don't have to use kombucha but it is a great way to include the health benefits of probiotics. You could also use a lemon flavored kombucha and save yourself the step of squeezing the lemons.
This is a really simple way to do something a little bit out of the ordinary for the Feasts. Let me know what you think if you try it! Do you have a favorite fall feast recipe?