How to make real lemonade (the most lemony lemonade you've maybe ever tasted!) with a simple technique that extracts extra flavor from the lemon peels.
PLUS Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade is the first recipe in a new collection of easy-easy summer recipes, "Summer Easy" I call it - there's even a theme song!
When I was 12, the county 4-H clubs hired a bus to haul kids to the Minnesota State Fair 300 miles south.
Twas a trip of memorable firsts: I became a “woman” – if you know what I mean. In the darkness of a carnival ride, a boy named Joel held my hand. But most of all, I discovered the elixir of summer, real lemonade.
Good news, perfect lemonade is as close as our kitchens, no bus, no boy required.
OLD-FASHIONED HOMEMADE LEMONADE
Time to table: 2 hours
Makes 5-1/2 cups
- 1 cup (200g) sugar
- Peel (see TIPS) from 4 lemons
- 4 cups boiling water
- Juice and pulp from 4 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
- Extra lemon slices, for garnish
INFUSE SUGAR WITH LEMON OILS In a four-cup glass bowl, combine the sugar and lemon peel. Let rest for 30 minutes, longer is fine, less not so much.
Pour the boiling water over the sugar mixture (four cups water will fill it alllllmost right to the top) and stir until sugar dissolves. Let the liquid steep for 30 minutes, for a head start chilling the lemonade, do this in the refrigerator.
STRAIN & CHILL Pour the liquid into a pitcher, straining out the lemon peel. Stir in the lemon juice. Let this mixture get cold-cold-cold!
SERVE Serve over ice. Savor every sip!
The Secret to Extra-Lemony Lemonade
For the most lemony lemonade ever tasted, infuse the sugar and water with aromatic oils from the lemon rinds.
For days now, I've become
obsessed with inspired by the idea of extra-simple recipes for summer. They're the easiest recipes ever, ones we may hardly think of as 'recipes,' really, you know, the ones where you tell your friends, "Just ...". So I'm going to spend the summer collecting these easy recipes for all of us to enjoy. I think it will be fun!
Readers, if you have a special recipe that's 'hardly' a recipe and is perfect for summer, will you share it? Just send me a quick firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about the collection (and a few recipes that already qualify!) – see Easy Summer Recipes.
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