If you’ve been around here long, you’ll know that I pretty much spent all winter talking about lemons and how much I love lemon desserts. It’s funny though, no matter how wintry citrus desserts are, nothing says summer like fresh-squeezed lemonade! What’s up with that!?
Secrets to the perfect lemonade – stop frantically stirring your drink trying to dissolve that sugar! Make a simple syrup instead to ensure perfectly sweetened lemonade every time. Also, make sure you taste test frequently as you add the water – it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it! I love using Meyer lemons if you have access to them as they are naturally sweeter than traditional lemons.
Don’t forget to get creative! Lemonade makes the perfect base for a cocktail or any number of additions – from thyme to lavender to blueberries! It’s safe to say I’ll be drinking lemonade all summer!
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Best Homemade Lemonade
Perfect fresh-squeezed lemonade requires only three ingredients – lemons, sugar and water! Get the sweetness factor just right by using a simple syrup.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 6
- Category: Drinks
- 1 cup lemon juice (4-6 lemons = 1 cup juice), plus additional for garnish
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2-3 cups of cold water
- Juice the lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice. Zest the leftover peels.
- Make the simple syrup by combining the equal portions sugar and water in a saucepan as well as the lemon zest. Heat on medium heat until sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Do not let boil. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and set aside to cool.
- Combine simple syrup and lemon juice and add additional cold water to taste. Garnish with lemon slices.
[i]Tips:[/i] Meyer lemons are sweeter than traditional lemons so will require more added water.
P.S. – Looking for other lemon recipes? Try these: