Ever had a craving for some homemade, fresh lemonade? I was craving recently and decided to do something about it.
There is NOTHING like homemade lemonade. Honestly, you can’t buy that taste. All the others out there are too tart/too sweet/too processed and don’t even taste like lemonade–more like…I don’t even have the words to describe that, but you know what I’m talking about.
Now if you want to grab something on-the-fly, Chick-fil-A has the best lemonade from a fast food restaurant that I have ever had. But if you have less than 30 minutes at home, make it yourself.
The recipe today has been taped into my Brew Family Cookbook for DECADES and I have never used it. Really. And I think I cut it out of an old “Make A Mix” Cookbook.
Try a cold glass of this (you could put a wet glass mug in the freezer and let it frost!) and go sit out on your deck under the river birch tree. Ahhh….
- 9 lemons*
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/8 t. salt
- Cut lemons in half crosswise; juice lemons to yield 1 3/4 cups of juice.
- Reserve 2 juiced lemon halves and cut into quarters.
- Put lemon juice in a 1-quart container and set aside.
- In a small pan, combine quartered lemon halves, sugar, water and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool (I poured the mixture into a glass container and placed it in the fridge to cool quickly).
- Stir cooled sugar mixture into lemon juice.
- Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
- To make fresh lemonade, pour 1/4 cup of lemonade syrup into a glass, add 3/4 cup (or more) iced or carbonated water; stir. Serve NOW!! Then, turn around and do it again. Seriously, you won't believe how tasty and refreshing this is. I will never buy a mix again.
- *My lemons were just average size and only yielded 1 1/2 cups of juice. I would suggest using large lemons.