Vanilla Bean Lemonade

It’s time for Eat the World and we’re heading to French Polynesia.  French Polynesia is a series of islands in the Pacific Ocean that includes Tahiti and Bora Bora.  Interestingly enough, the surfing competition of the Paris summer Olympics is slated to take place in French Polynesia.

Not surprisingly, much of the fare in French Polynesia revolves around seafood, which is a hard pass from me…

…I know, I know.  I just haven’t had “well prepared” fish, etc, etc.  I’ll come back with the fact that I live in a landlocked state so “fresh” seafood is not so fresh and I will never be able to get over the smell of seafood..ew.  But I digress.

With seafood off the table, it was time to get creative.  As I was researching, I came across recipes that called for Tahitian Vanilla Beans.  Since I use vanilla beans for my Homemade Vanilla Extract, I just happened to have Tahitian Vanilla Beans on hand!

The next thing to do was to choose a recipe.  I found a couple cocktails, but ultimately, I wanted to make something family friendly, and landed on lemonade (Spud’s favorite).

I was nervous about messing with a classic, especially with Spud who is typically my harshest critic (good thing he’s cute!)  I was upfront with the change I was making, and he was surprisingly open minded!  He appreciated that different flavor profile, with the vanilla lending a light, almost floral note, though classic lemonade is still his favorite.

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Vanilla Bean Lemonade

Adapted from Tahiti Tourism

Lemon Vanilla Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Zest from 1 lemon

1 Tahitian vanilla bean


Lemon Vanilla syrup (above)

1 cup lemon juice

2 quarts water

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until the sugar dissolves completely in the water.  Cool slightly.  Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean and add them to the syrup.  Then chop the pod.  Add the pod pieces and lemon zest and stir to combine.  Pour the mixture into a lidded jar and refrigerate overnight to infuse the flavors.

Strain the solids out of the syrup.  Pour the syrup, lemon juice, and water into a large pitcher.  Stir and serve over ice.

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French Polynesia: Vanilla Bean Lemonade


  1. I am actually with you on that: if you are landlocked, stay away from seafood. At least that has always been my rule. But this lemonade looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.


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