By Danielle French

Garlic Lemon wake me up!

One of my mom’s dear friends who lives in Germany and who is an inspiration for greeting age full on with grace, beauty and good health, recommended this drink to my mother who called me and said it made her feel pretty good. I tried it and I felt pretty good too. I made it for Carlyle recently who was feeling like she needed a pick me up for better health. This is a two times a year body cleanse and generally makes me feel good drink. It is healthy for all your organs, is supposed to help with arthritis, kidney, circulation and headaches. There are so many benefits that one can read about on line – it’s a wonder it is not bottled and packaged! Don’t worry about a horrible taste – I found it to be perfectly fine. I poured a small sherry glass full every morning. The colour is like spring and even on a dark day in early March, I know the sunshine is coming.



Take 5 lemons – organic if possible or well washed.
30 cloves of garlic, skins on
If you have it, a 1” nob of ginger

Cut the lemons into quarters and place all ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until you have a “salsa” of the ingredients.



Meanwhile, put 2 cups of water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Put the lemon mixture into the saucepan. Allow the mixture to heat and bring just under a boil. Turn off the heat. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour the mixture into a strainer. Allow the juice to strain into the bowl pushing the ingredients into the strainer to release the juice. Cool and refrigerate in a glass jar.

Serve yourself one shot glass full every morning until it is gone.


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About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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