Every summer for the past couple years my husband & I have turned into lemonade fanatics. I guess we just got to craving it one year & found an awesome recipe & became obsessed with drinking it. It was (/is) such a nice, refreshing change from soda during hot weather.
When I went to retrieve my super amazing recipe today *gasp* it was gone! Considering how unorganized I am this is really no surprise. And you’d think I’d have a mental back up handy but I’ve been blessed with the worst memory ever. Luckily God (or maybe El Diablo) provided us with the internet & I’ve found a recipe that calls for the same ingredients but is prepared slightly different & offers a couple handy tips that I never knew (like rolling the lemons to loosen the juices…perfect sense, right??). I’ve posted their recipe below & to avoid looking like a total internet recipe thief you can find the original site HERE.
Old Fashioned Classic Lemonade
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 20 minutes
I like to chill this in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before serving.
6 lemons – 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 cups water
1 cup sugar
Pressing down with your hand, roll the lemons back and forth on a hard surface to release their juices. Cut lemons in two and squeeze out juice reserving the lemon rinds and place the rinds in a large bowl. You can strain the juice if you like to remove the pulp, or leave the pulp if you prefer.
Boil 4 cups of water.
Place the sugar in a bowl and cover with 1 cup water and stir to dissolve.
Cover the lemon rinds with the other 3 cups of boiling water and let this sit for about an hour and you will have lemon infused water, discard the rinds.
In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, the dissolved sugar water, the 3 cups of lemon infused water and the remaining 2 cups of water.
Garnish with mint and lemon slices if you like.
If you make it let me know what you think! As for me, I’m going lemon shopping tomorrow.