When life gives you lemons, celebrate National Lemonade Day
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When life gives you lemons, celebrate National Lemonade Day

And in the “there’s a day to celebrate everything” files….today is National Lemonade Day. 
In the spirit of the day, I’m sharing my favorite recipe from simplyrecipes.com.

As a kid, I was a fan of the “dump and pour” method: dump the sugar, water and lemon juice together. Stir, then pour. This is not the best method in terms of achieving the real lemonade flavor. (but it did work for a lemonade stand or two)  The trick is in the  SIMPLE SYRUP. This takes just a few minutes to do and the result is a sweet/tart and lemony flavor glass after glass after glass. No need to stir the sugar from the bottom of the pitcher…because you won’t see any!

Perfect Lemonade Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

METHOD

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it. I love tart lemonade!

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

 

 

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