Since we have lemon and lime trees, I love to make homemade lemonade, but did not have a good recipe until now.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Linda Larsen, About.com . . . love this website for reference on just about anything! The source link follows the recipe.
The secret to this lemonade recipe is to use simple syrup, made by boiling together sugar and water, then cooling. The sugar is completely dissolved and blends beautifully with the tart lemon.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- Juice from 4-6 lemons
- 4 cups cold water
- Mint sprigs
Blend 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar well in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves completely. Let cool and refrigerate. (This is the simple syrup.)
Mix the simple syrup well with the juice from 4-6 lemons (strained or not, as you like) and stir well. Add 4 cups cold water and mix. Try using sparkling water for some fizz! Pour into thermos or large jug, adding thin lemon slices if you'd like, or garnish with mint sprigs.
Make more lemonade and freeze it in ice cube trays, adding the cubes to the lemonade so it's never diluted as the 'ice' melts.
You can increase the amounts of this recipe proportionately, depending on the amount of lemonade you want.