Today, was the perfect day to start our summertime lemonade habit. 🙂 Tearing the old carpet off of the deck, cleaning and sanding everything and then laying new carpet! I’m so thankful and excited for the sunshine, but working out in it, we definitely need a cool refresher, now and again!
Lemonade is one of the most classically, traditional summertime refreshers I can think of, (next to iced tea, of course. I LOVE iced tea.) The rest of my family doesn’t enjoy the pure simplicity of plain brewed black tea over ice, the way I do, though; and to mix it up for them, fresh lemonade is a delicious treat. Once you’ve made lemonade from scratch, you’ll be ruined for the powdered mixes. Sorry. I’ll have to accept the blame for that one, but oh my goodness, it’s going to be worth it. Trust me. Just take my word for it and give this a try. You’ll be hooked! Even if you have to purchase bottled lemon juice, instead of squeezing your own lemons, it will be “over the moon” better than powdered mixes. Step outside your pre-packaged comfort zone and enjoy the sweet, refreshing deliciousness that is Homemade Lemonade!
You only need three ingredients: sugar, lemon juice and water. To begin with you want to create a simple syrup by heating water and sugar together until the sugar is 100% dissolved. Nobody can be refreshed with sugar grit swirling around their tastebuds! Take the two or three extra minutes, (Literally, that’s all it takes.), and make your simple syrup. Then mix this liquid heaven and put your feet up on the front porch. Enjoy the southern breeze and the smell of lilacs lingering in the air, smile at the neighbors and have a wonderfully relaxed lemonade break! You deserve it! Enjoy!
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups sugar
- 1½ cups lemon juice
- 2 cups simple syrup
- 4 cups water
- Make the simple syrup by adding the sugar and water to a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. I immediately pour mine into canning jars (The recipe will make between 6½ and 7 cups of simple syrup, so you'll need 3 pint jars or 2 quarts to hold all of it.) Be sure you have had hot water sitting in your jars, to warm them. This will keep the hot syrup from breaking the glass on a cold jar. Dump out the water and then pour in the simple syrup.
- To make the lemonade, pour the lemon juice and simple syrup into a half gallon pitcher (2 quarts). Add 4 cups of water and stir. Serve over ice. Enjoy!
You can always add more syrup if you prefer sweeter drinks. I LOVE being able to control the sugar. I prefer my lemonade, and any beverage, really, not too sweet. My husband on the other hand is a sugar-fiend! He always wants more. For us the best way is to make the big batch with a moderate amount of syrup and then he can add a little more syrup to his glass if he's feeling the need. :)