Fresh Lemonade

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Have you ever had one of those weeks when coffee and concealer were your best friends?

I especially like the weekends after one of those weeks.

So how about some lemonade.  What a great time of the year to enjoy it too….when it’s so hot out.

The trick to making the perfect lemonade is to make a simple syrup where the sugar completely dissolves before it’s added to the lemon juice and water.

As simple as this sounds, before knowing this I’ve made my share of lemonade where I added granulated sugar to the lemon juice and water, and it never seemed to be sweet enough.

But that’s because the sugar never dissolved and just sank to the bottom.

A fun thing to do is to chill the glasses, then just before serving the lemonade turn each glass upside down into a small bowl of sugar to coat the rim of the glass.

It looks so good and tastes even better.

Lemonade is so pretty served in various types of glasses too.

You can get all fancy and serve it in a wine glass, or even in a good old mason jar.

If you happen to have some fresh raspberries or blueberries on hand you can even throw a few in the pan when making the simple syrup and make a berry lemonade.

That sounds so good…I’ll have to make that next.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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You’ll just need some lemons, sugar, ice, and water.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Simple Syrup:

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Zest the lemon and set aside for a moment.

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Heat a sauce pan on low to medium heat and add the water,

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sugar,

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and the lemon zest.

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Bring the sugar mixture to a boil and stir.

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Once the sugar dissolves (about 6 minutes) remove the mixture from the pan into a bowl and let cool.

For the Lemonade:

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Juice and strain the lemons.

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Then in a large pitcher,

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add the strained lemon juice,

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cooled simple syrup,

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and water.  Then stir.

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Next…

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….add the ice.

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Then slice a lemon into about ½ inch wide slices, remove the seeds if possible,

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and add to the pitcher….

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….and to the serving glasses for garnish.

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As an option, chill the serving glasses in the freezer.  Then dip the rim of the glasses in sugar just before serving.

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Serve over more ice….Enjoy!

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Good to the last drop.

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Here are some more refreshing drink recipes:

Very Cherry Shirley Temple with Lime
Lemon Mint Sun Tea
Brown Sugar and Mint Limeade

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Fresh Lemonade

Yield: Serves 5

Ingredients:

For the Simple Syrup:

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
zest from 1 lemon

For the Lemonade:

1 cup of fresh squeezed and strained lemon juice (about 4 to 5 lemons)
4 cups of cold water
4 to 5 cups of ice cubes
1 lemon (sliced for garnish)

Directions:

For the Simple Syrup:

Zest the lemon and set aside for a moment. Heat a sauce pan on low to medium heat and add the water, sugar, and the lemon zest. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil and stir. Once the sugar dissolves (about 6 minutes) remove the mixture from the pan into a bowl and let cool.

For the Lemonade:

Juice and strain the lemons. In a large pitcher, add the strained lemon juice, cooled simple syrup, and water. Stir together and add the ice. Slice a lemon into about ½ inch wide slices, remove the seeds if possible, and add to the pitcher and serving glasses for garnish. As an option, chill the serving glasses in the freezer. Then dip the rim of the glasses in sugar just before serving. Serve over more ice.

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2 Responses to “Fresh Lemonade”

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    Amy — June 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

    This lemonade sounds so good. Especially in this Texas heat lol. Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for sharing!

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    • Nancy — June 22nd, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

      Hi Amy, I was just in Texas and it was so hot. I actually had a lemonade and it never tasted so good in that Texas heat. Thank you for stopping by and have a nice weekend!

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