Sumac Recipes

rhus-typhinaSUMAC RECIPES

Sumac Lemonade

Sumac Lemonade is made in cold water to preserve its exceptionally high content of vitamin C. Sumac is at its best when harvested while bright red in August, though I have used it much later than that and still turned out a decent lemonade.

15-20 heads of Sumac OR 8 cups Sumac berries
1 gallon cold water
2 cups sugar

1. Place Sumac heads or berries in a large bowl or pot.
2. Pour cold water over then to cover, then set a weighted plate to hold them under the water.
3. Let soak like this for several hours or overnight.
4. Strain using cheesecloth or a cotton bandanna.
5. Add 2 cups sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
6. Chill and serve.
(Optional: 1 cup honey per quart to sweeten. I find that honey tends to dominate rather than enhance the flavor of the Sumac so I prefer using sugar.)

rhusSumac Soda

You can buy carbonated water in the liquor section of the grocery store quite cheaply for making your own sodas.
1 quart Sumac Lemonade
1 quart carbonated soda water

Mix the Sumac Lemonade with the carbonated water. You may wish to sweeten it to taste.