Monday, May 30, 2011

Super Simple and Delicious Home-Made Lemonade

I have a post coming up soon about jersey knit bracelets. But for now, here's one more home-made "foodie" post.

I love summer in the south. It's one of my favorite times of year. But what I don't love? The humidity. Oh my gah, is it humid here. So, to cool off, my children ask me to make them lemonade. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of Country Time Lemonade, too, and when I don't have the time, I'll whip up a pitcher of it in a flash. But when I do have time, I like making our lemonade from scratch. Mainly because it's a fun little recipe my children can help me do, and they LOVE helping me in the kitchen.

Here's how you do it:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of lemon juice (usually 8-10 lemons will produce this depending on their size. In a pinch, you can use lemon juice from a carton. It's just as good.)
  • 3-4 cups of cold water
First, you need to make a simple syrup. Do this by combining the cup of sugar and the cup of water in a small sauce pot. Heat it until the sugar is completely dissolved. While that is going on the stove, juice your lemons until you get a cup of lemon juice. Then pour your simple syrup, your lemon juice, and your cold water into a pitcher. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes until it chills. 

If it is too sweet for you, add more lemon juice. 

Serve with a lemon slice.

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