Nothing says American Summer like a homemade lemonade. Generations of American children have earned their first money and learned important life lessons by selling lemonade on hot summer days.
Lemonade is really quick and easy to make. The trick is to make a big batch of simple syrup and keep it stashed in the refrigerator. This way, you’ll only have to take a minute or two to juice some lemons and voila!
- 1 cup of sugar
- 5 cups water (1 cup for the sirup and 4 cups for the lemonade)
- 1 cup of lemon juice (6 – 8 lemons)
- ice cubes
- slices of lemon
- springs of mint
- Make the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over low heat to dissolve sugar. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat to cool. At the end of the process you should have a clear, viscous sirup.
- Squeeze the lemons.
- Add the cooled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 4 cups of water to your pitcher. Stir, taste, and adjust; add a little bit of sugar if it needs to be sweeter or the juice of 1/2 lemon if it needs more tartness.
- Garnish with slices of lemon or a spring of mint if you like. Enjoy with ice.
Tip: No matter how much of the simple syrup you want to make, the proportion is always 1:1 sugar and water (e.g.: 1 l of water + 1000 g sugar).
Keep your syrup in the refrigerator in a re-closable glass bottle.