In the Czech kitchen: Summer-fresh lemonade recipes with a hint of nettle or beer

Ambiente bartenders share their tips for flavorful non-alcoholic drinks that refresh with traditional (and not-so-traditional) Czech flavors.

Klára Kvitová

Written by Klára Kvitová Published on 31.05.2023 14:21:00 (updated on 31.05.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Before summertime sizzles it's way to Czechia, we asked the beverage aficionados from Ambiente outlets Lokál, Čestr, and Klub Ambiente to share their recipes for easy, summer breezy non-alcoholic drinks that you can easily mix at home. These flavorful thirst quenchers are the perfect addition to any picnic, barbecue, or lazy summer day. Na zdraví!

Jasmine-flower iced tea

At Čestr, bartender Roman Cankov recently put together this spicy new iced tea recipe. All you need to recreate it is cold macerated jasmine tea, a simple syrup (known in professional kitchens as a sugar decoction, or cukrový rozvar in Czech), and fresh lemon juice. 


  • 3 l of still or filtered water
  • 50 g jasmine tea leaves (ideally still containing flowers)
  • 350 ml sugar simple syrup
  • 150 ml fresh lemon juice


  • 1.Leave the jasmine tea to macerate in 3l (more or less, but keep the ratio) of cold water for 5 hours.
  • 2.Strain and mix with the fresh lemon juice and simple syrup.
  • 3.Gradually mix the two together according to taste; some may like their tea a little zestier, others on the sweet side.

CHEF'S TIP: To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts water and granulated sugar in a saucepan. Stir continuously over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool. Once cooled, transfer to a clean, airtight container or bottle for storage. The syrup should last for several weeks and can be used in lemonade, cocktails, or desserts.

Virgin grapefruit beer lemonade


  • 100 ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • 50 ml sparkling water
  • 200 ml Birell non-alcoholic beer


  • 1.In a regular or half-liter pint glass, mix the fresh grapefruit juice with the sugar decoction and carbonated water.
  • 2.Slowly pour the non-alcoholic beer into the glass.
  • 3.Say cheers to your beer lemonade à la Lokál!

Nettle-mint detox lemonade


  • 200 ml of sparkling water
  • 20 ml nettle syrup (we recommend this one)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 sprig of nettle
  • 1 sprig of mint and/or lemon balm


  • 1.Add all the ingredients to a glass and stir well.
  • 2.You can also add a few drops of lemon or lime to taste.
  • 3.The nettle syrup we recommend has a flavor similar to elderberry or dead-nettle, a herbaceous flowering plant (in Czech hluchavka) that contains vitamins A, C, and B1, and has detoxifying effects.

In the Czech Kitchen is a weekly column written in cooperation with the culinary experts from Ambiente. Established in 1995, the Prague-based collective of pubs, restaurants, and fine-dining outlets has transformed the Czech culinary landscape and lent to the widespread awareness of quality food service and production in Czechia. Follow their socials or book your table at

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