Hot, lazy days of summer always send me off looking for thirst-quenching cold drinks.
One of my favorites is old-fashioned homemade lemonade. It’s cool and refreshing.
Making the concentrate for the lemonade is really easy and I think it tastes ever-so-much better than bought lemonade.
1 cup water
¾ cup super-fine sugar (aka caster sugar)
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (apx 3-4 lemons), strained
1-2 tbsp grated lemon rind
Lemon-flavored sparkling water to top up
Squeeze lemons and strain juice.
Boil water and sugar for 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat and cool for apx. 30 minutes.
Add lemon juice and grated lemon rind. Stir. Let sit at room temperature for at least 3-4 hours to allow flavour to strengthen.
Strain lemon rind from concentrate.
Pour into bottle.
To serve: Pour ½ to ⅔ cup of lemon concentrate into tall glass and top up with lemon-flavored sparkling water.
Add ice cubes or crushed ice if desired and decorate with a sprig of mint and a slice or two of lemon.
Keep concentrate refrigerated.
Yield: Apx. 2 cups
Lemonade is a very versatile drink – it’s great for picnics, sitting on the front porch, at afternoon tea, at the beach, or anywhere for that matter.
Is lemonade part of your summer?
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