• The Best Homemade Lemonade

    by Dorothy Reinhold on June 21, 2011


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    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!

    Meyer Lemon on the tree from Shockinglydelicious.comThe growing national movement to “eat locally” doesn’t get much easier than sauntering out to the back yard, picking a few lemons off the tree, and bringing them back into the kitchen.

    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.

    Advice:

    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.

    Looking for more lemonade options?

    Strawberry Basil Lemonade
    Blackberry Lemonade
    Agua Fresca Watermelon Lemonade

    The Best Homemade Lemonade from Shockinglydelicious.com

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