Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Perfect Lemonade Recipe

Looking for the perfect lemonade to quench your summertime thirst?  I think this is it!

After years of squeezing lemons into lemonade, I finally figured out that the secret to the perfect lemonade isn't just the ratio of lemon juice to sugar, but the method of mixing the two!  Making a "simple syrup" is the real secret ~ here's how...

1 cup sugar
1 cup water (for syrup)
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4 cups cold water

1.  In a small saucepan, heat your sugar and 1 cup of water until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2.  While your sugar is dissolving, squeeze your lemons (4-6 lemons will produce 1 cup of juice).

(I also include the pulp squeezed from the lemons.)

3.  Pour your simple syrup (cooked sugar water) and fresh lemon juice into a pitcher.
4.  Add 4 cups of cold water (you can reduce this for a sweeter lemonade, and conversely, more for a weaker lemonade).
5.  Pour a tall glass over ice, take a sip, and enjoy!

Aaaahhhh!  Refreshing.  The perfect mix of tart and sweet!

Hope you're all keeping cool through these heat-filled, summer days!

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chrisartist said...

Great tips Cindy.
Looks so delicious. Il be making this.

LAUREN said...

I wonder if that is the secret to good cucumber lemonade too? We had a restaurant here that served cucumber lemonade that is now gone. I've tried to make it but its just not the same.

ImagiMeri said...

There's not much in this world more refreshing than fresh lemonade! Too bad I can't have it anymore since I'm on a no sugar diet!


Missy Shay said...

I always make simple syrups for my iced teas also!

Anonymous said...

Just moved into our dream home with a lemon and lime tree im back I will be using this.

Mrs Chronic-Shock said...

I have been on a lemonade kick since I got pregnant with my son Wyatt last summer. I think it's a permanent craving, because he's 3 months old and I am still craving it :)

Donna said...

Oh how I wish I had a glass full right now! Going to the store to buy lemons to make me some!

Anonymous said...

I will have to try it out. I love lemon anything.....maybe I'll try it out this weekend.

Ciao bella.
Creative Carmelina

Tammy's in Love said...

It cooled down drastically at last! I'm a fan of frozen ice and homemade lemonade in the ice shaver would be a great dessert!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I didn't know this! Sounds delicious :)

Lois' Laughlines said...

I Love PIE.... and lemon, too. I am a follower.

Jingle said...

That sounds delightful!

Michaele said...

Ahhh - wonderful way to savor the last days of summer. Lovin' lemons here : )

Chenille Cottage said...

Cute as your darling little apron! Oh...that lemonade looks soooo good!
Carolynn xo

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this lemonade looks so delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!