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Mmm…homemade lemonade

Cool, tangy, refreshing…what’s not to love? Homemade lemonade takes a bit of time, but it’s well worth the effort. Plus, your kitchen will smell like summertime afterwards.

Makes 10 cups. You’ll need a big pitcher for this. Or just halve the recipe as I usually do.

3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 20 lemons)
2 cups sugar
6 cups cold water
2 cups ice cubes

Using a little pressure, roll the lemons back and forth on the countertop. This will maximize the amount of juice you can extract from them.

In a large serving container, stir the lemon juice and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Add water and ice and stir until well blended. Garnish with lemon slices and/or fresh mint sprigs.

This recipe makes a really strong lemonade that won’t wimp out after sitting on your patio for a few hours. You may actually want to add more water if it’s too tangy or sweet for your liking. With that in mind, here are some other things you can do with it:

- Half and half: Mix with iced tea at a 1:1 ratio. If you don’t want to brew your own iced tea, I highly recommend Tejava, which you can buy at Trader Joe’s ($1.49 for a 1-liter bottle). I’m an iced tea fanatic and I think this is the best out there — it’s 100% freshly brewed black tea with no sweeteners or added flavors, natural or otherwise.

- Italian ice: Omit the ice cubes and churn in an ice cream maker until the consistency is north of slushy but south of sorbet. Eat immediately.

- Loaded: Add a shot of vodka or tequila to each glass. Pound. Repeat. Play really bad techno circa 1998 at maximum volume. Fall out of chair. Whoop loudly at passersby till 3 am. Oh sorry, this is supposed to be a post about lemonade, not my neighbors.

2 Comments

  1. josh wrote:

    That sounds like a tasty lemonade option.

    Friday, August 10, 2007 at 5:58 pm | Permalink
  2. Joan wrote:

    i definitely vote for this lemonade option =)

    Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

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