Monin Lemon Syrup
Monin Lemon Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
Forget about a lemon zester. When you need a blast of sweet and citric zest, you cant go wrong with a bottle of Monin Lemon Syrup. Want to have a delicious, refreshing drink of premium lemonade? Simply add some ice cubes and a splash of this syrup into a glass of water.
This is only the tip of the iceberg when discussing how to use Monin Lemon Syrup. Not only is it the perfect solution for including a lemony kick to beverages of every kind, but the syrup can also be added to a wide array of desserts and meals.
The actual origin of lemons is unknown to this day. Based on scientific research, however, the citrus fruit could have first been cultivated in north-western India. In this part of the world, lemons have been around for over 2,500 years. Sometime after 100 CE, Africa and the Middle East would be introduced to the fruit by Arab traders, and lemons would land in southern Italy approximately 100 years later.
Despite its continued spread across the globe, lemons were, for the most part, considered an ornamental plant. The shift towards the fruit being consumed started happening around the 10th century. Lemons found their way into Europe, via Spain, in the 11th century. With that said, it wasnt until the 14th century when lemons began to be fully utilised for their culinary benefits. Christopher Columbus, who took lemon seeds with him during a 1493 voyage to Hispaniola, introduced the New World to the fruit.
Sticking to 14th century Europe, French, Spanish and Italian cookbooks started to become awash with recipes that used lemons. Yet while the Mediterranean was a prime location for growing lemons, it was a far cry from the British climate. As a result, citrus fruits were deemed a luxury only accessible for the rich in Britain a situation which didnt start to change until the 17th century.
In fact, this was the same century where the Royal Navy whose sailors were suffering from vitamin C deficiency due to a diet of booze and biscuits began to use lemon juice in an effort to battle scurvy. To cover the large demand for lemon juice, the Royal Navy established a fruitful pardon the pun relationship with Sicily, who would supply lemons for around 50 years.
(Fun fact: The sudden injection of money into Sicily was a vital aspect in the Mafia becoming established, as they would protect the citrus farmers for a slice of the cash.)
In the present day, lemons are among the most popular fruits sold in the UK. This fact is even more surprising when you consider, due to their intense and sour flavour, lemons are rarely consumed on their own. But as a garnish, juice or ingredient, the fruit is a favourite for many.
Strawberry Smoothie Lemon Top
If you have never had a lemon top, you are missing out. This Teesside delicacy, which sees a lemon flavoured sorbet placed atop vanilla ice cream, is as refreshing as it is tasty. Well, the following recipe takes the general principles of a lemon top, but twists it up. The vanilla ice cream is replaced with a thick, delicious strawberry smoothie. And instead of a sorbet, the lemon top is the lightest of whipped cream which is infused with Monin Lemon Syrup.
Something so tasty shouldnt be so simple. But as seen below, this recipe is one of the easiest youll ever come across!
What you will need:
- In a blender, place the milk and strawberries. Its advised to use 6-8 large strawberries for this step, which will give the smoothie extra flavour and thickness. Blend the two ingredients until they are mixed well and visible chunks of strawberry are kept to a minimum.
- Now add the ice cream and yoghurt to the blender. Speaking of the yoghurt, this can be whatever variety you desire. Blend up these ingredients. However, unlike the previous step, you dont want to go too far with the mixing. Blend for only a little bit so the smoothie stays nice and thick. Pour the mixture into a suitable glass.
- For the lemon whipped cream, you will need a whipped cream dispenser handy. Along with the fresh cream, pour the Monin Lemon Syrup in the dispenser. Attach a cream charger to the now closed dispenser, and shake for a few seconds. Squirt the fluffy whipped cream on top of the smoothie. NOTE: If Monin Lemon Syrup is mixed with Milk/Steamed Milk/Hot Milk it will curdle dues to the citrus within the syrup, please note before purchase.