Nothing says American Summer like homemade lemonade.
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!
How To Make A Lemonade
- 1 cup of sugar
- 5 cups of water (1 cup for the syrup and 4 cups for the lemonade)
- 1 cup of lemon juice (6 – 8 lemons)
- ice cubes
- lemon slices
- fresh mint leaves
- Make 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 syrup.
- 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 fresh mint leaves 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.