Thursday, August 25, 2011

.fresh squeezed lemonade.

We love lemonade in our house. Nothing says Summer more than sitting outside on the back patio with a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade in your hand. It's a quick, easy, refreshing drink to make.

Step 1: In a saucepan, put 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3/4 cup water. Zest a lemon and add the zest. Put the saucepan on to medium low heat and let the sugar dissolve. Nothing worse than gritty juice. Creating a simple syrup is the best solution! When the sugar is completely dissolved, set aside and cool completely.

I will often make this syrup up a head of time and keep it in the fridge in a jar, that way I don't have to wait for it to cool down.

Step 2: Squeeze 8-10 lemons and pour the lemon juice into a 2 quart pitcher, making sure you don't get any seeds in there. I always buy an extra lemon and slice it so it looks pretty.

Step 3: Pour in your cooled simple syrup and then fill the pitcher to the top with cold water. Stir well.

At this point, it's ready for pouring and drinking. If you're looking to change things up, add smashed raspberries, strawberries or blueberries to the pitcher and stir well.

Now that you've got the work out of the way... kick back and enjoy the rewards of your labor! :)

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