Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Summer Screams For Lemonade!

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Juice of 6 freshly-squeezed lemons (1 cup)
4 cups cold water
1 sliced lemon, for garnish
Ice cubes
Prepare Simple Syrup in advance and refrigerate.
In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice and sugar and cold **Simple Syrup.
Add water, lemon slices, and ice cubes
Stir until well blended and serve in tall glasses over ice.
Yields approximately 6 cups.

Simple Syrup Recipe:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat and let cool before using. Store in the refrigerator.

Lemonade Variations:
Lavender Lemonade - Add 1 tablespoons dried culinary lavender buds. Add lavender to the hot Simple Syrup and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain the Simple Syrup and discard the lavender buds. Refrigerate Simple Syrup until cool.
Limeade - Substitute fresh lime juice for the lemon juice.
Strawberry Lemonade - In a blender, puree 1 pint of fresh strawberries (hulled and halved); add to the pitcher with the lemon juice and Simple Syrup.

I love to have a big ol' glass pitcher filled with Lemonade, Sliced Fresh Lemons, and lots of Ice Cubes, and let everyone serve themselves.



devri said...

Yummy, the strawberry one is my fav.

Karyn said...

Me too! But I think I may just have to try the Lavender....very exotic :)