Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

We like turning lemons into lemonade around here.  Turn that frown upside down!  Actually, I'm speaking in the literal sense.  We have spoiled ourselves by making lemonade with real, freshly squeezed lemons and it's pretty much impossible to buy the carton lemonade anymore.  The sweet and sour taste of fresh lemons is hard to beat!  And the smell!  I just looooooove the smell of lemons.  I usually end up rubbing half of a lemon all over the sink to clean it and freshen it up a bit.

Back to the lemonade.  This recipe is super duper easy and a fun one to make with the kiddos.  I have this juicer, and while it definitely makes juicing the lemons really really easy, it's not required.  You can definitely squeeze them the old fashioned way with your brute strength.  It would be a good arm workout.

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water (to make simple syrup)
2 cups water (to dilute lemonade)
1 cup ice
mint sprigs (optional)

In a small saucepan, stir sugar and 1 cup water over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Mix simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, 2 cups water and 1 cup ice and stir well.  Serve over ice with a sprig of mint if desired and enjoy the wonderful tastes of summer!

Lemonade just screams S U M M E R!  Cheers!

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