Over Memorial Day Weekend, I decided to celebrate the ever-so-anticipated summer by making some lemonade. It’s super easy and very refreshing, a must have for those long hot summer days.
First you want to make a simple syrup by bringing the sugar and 6 cups of water up to a boil just until all of the sugar is dissolved. The reason for creating a simple syrup is so that the sugar is fully dissolved to avoid the crunch of the sugar when you’re having a cold glass of lemonade later.
Note: The 1 1/2 cups is just a suggestion for sweetness don’t be afraid to find your own preference by using less or more sugar, just make sure to adjust the sugar at the beginning when making the simple syrup.
Second you want to squeeze the lemon juice. This is a step that should not be overlooked. Store bought lemon juice will never taste as good, trust me I tried. The internet taught me that you can get roughly 1/4 cup of juice from one lemon but since no two lemons are the same I usually average 5 lemons to a cup of juice, plus I buy two for garnish so it takes me about 12 lemons total – but you do you :).
Strain the juice to remove all of the seeds and flesh (roughly 2 cups, this can be adjusted for taste). I like lemonade to have a nice even balance of sweet and pucker so this ratio works for me but it’s all up to preference.
Pour the simple syrup and lemon juice into a pitcher and stir. Add in 2 cups of ice to help cool down the lemonade.
Add in cold water and taste along the way. I used 2 cups but this will depend on how diluted you want the lemonade to be. I found that 2 cups of cold water makes the perfect pitcher.
Then if you’re over 21 – add in booze. I do this usually by glass rather than by pitcher it’s easier to accommodate the light weights (me) v. the booze hounds.
Lastly – enjoy summer and a nice cold glass of lemonade.