Oh you know how much I adore anything lemon and nothing beats a good old refreshing glass of lemonade, especially on a hot summers day. My kids love it too and when I make it they get super excited, even the 19 year old. Sure those instant drink packets or those brand name canisters are a good option too in a pinch. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I have one of those name brand canisters in the cupboard right now. I tend to use it when I need to make it quick but making it homemade is easy and the extra effort is so worth it. Since I usually have lemons on hand almost all the time it is easy for me to whip it up in no time flat.
Did you ever set up a lemonade stand when you were a kid? In our little neighborhood we had a great group of us kids and every so often in the summer we would set up a lemonade stand to have something to do. It was never anything special. Most of the time it was a kids plastic table and chairs set that we would drag out to the edge of the road. We would always make our lemonade using those little drink packets and get super excited as we waited on our first customer. There was a lot of fun and laughter and lots of little sips and tastings along the way and every so often there would be a customer that would feel sorry for us and buy a glass and then it was gone because we drank it all while we were waiting. Then, we would pack it all up and move onto playing something else. In another few weeks we would do it all over again and this happened all summer long.
If only we could go back to those carefree days......
1 cup sugar
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely. Set aside to cool. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it. Serve with ice, sliced lemons.
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