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Simple Lemonade

Simple Lemonade

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.

Simple Lemonade

  • Servings: 12 glasses
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
  • 8 Cups of Water – 2 reserved for the end
  • 2 Cups of Ice
  • 2 Cups of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice – strained (10- 12 Lemons)
  • Bourbon or vodka (optional, but recommended for a sunny weekend afternoon)


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. Once it’s dissolve set aside to cool as you prepare the rest.

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.

As your simple syrup cools, you need to roll up your sleeves and freshly squeeze your lemons. Store bought lemon juice is not a substitute.  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.

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.

In a pitcher, pour the simple syrup, lemon juice and 2 cups of ice.

Add in 2 cups of cold water.  You can add more water if you want more diluted lemonade.

If you want to turn this into a cocktail – add in some spirits.

Lastly – enjoy summer and a nice cold glass of lemonade.

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