Celebrate the first day of summer, and the warm days stretching out ahead, with a pitcher of homemade lemonade. Nothing beats it.
This recipe allows you to make a glass at a time, or a whole pitcher, whatever suits your needs.
Speaking of a whole pitcher, if you show this picture to your kids, I’m betting they’ll want to have a lemonade stand. Just sayin’. It’s summer, and they’re out of school. Let’s encourage our future business leaders!
Get them off the backyard tree!
If you don’t have a tree yourself, I’ll bet your neighbor does. Walk next door and beg a little. Go ahead…we’ll wait.
Back with your lemons, now simply squeeze them, add some sugar and water, and you have a simple lemonade syrup. Cooking is not rocket science! You can do it!
Make a glass of lemonade, make a pitcher of it – the choice is yours. Put the syrup in a glass jar, label it, and it keeps well for a few days or a week in the refrigerator, at your beck and call.
As summer unfolds with its possibilities – and heat! – I encourage you to use what you have.
If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade!
Recipe: Dorothy’s Lemonade Concentrate
If you have my favorite variety, Meyer lemons, use them. Meyers have a slightly less tart, floral quality that is addictive!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar
In a 4-cup glass measuring cup, put 1 cup water and then add lemon juice up to the 2-cup mark. Add sugar and stir well to dissolve. Store in a jar or closed container in the refrigerator, or freeze for longer storage.
To make a glass of lemonade:
Use 1/3 cup concentrate and 2/3 cup water, over ice.
To make and use the entire recipe at once:
Add all of concentrate (about 2 1/3 cups) to a 2-quart pitcher. Add 4 2/3 cups water, stir well, and serve in individual glasses, over ice.
Taste and adjust to your liking — add a snitch more sugar if you need it (lemons have different levels of tart), or add a little more water if it seems too strong to you. Remember that the ice in the glass will dilute it slightly.
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