By Mgeorge 3
Summer has finally come to Seattle, highs outside are reaching the low 80’s which means our apartment reaches the mid 80’s by evening. One of my favorite cooling and refreshing drinks is lemonade. I don’t mean that fake High-C Lemonade they pawn off on you at cheap restaurants. I mean real, fresh squeezed lemonade. It’s super easy to make, and totally worth it on a warm day. By making this syrup and combining it with water, your work will go a long way.
I like to buy a 5 pound bag of lemons from Costco, and it gives me almost a perfect 3 cups of juice. To easily juice lemons, be sure they are at room temperature and then firmly press down on them and roll along the counter. Rolling the lemon breaks down the inside and makes them easier to juice. This is one of my favorite parts of making lemonade: for the rest of the day my hands smell like fresh lemon from all the oils coming out of the lemon skin when rolling them. Then cut it in half and juice. I have an electric juicer we received as a wedding gift and it has been so helpful in making lemon juice. If you’re a fan of lemonade, I would go invest in a juicer.
The juice, sugar, water ratio is 3:3:1, so is easily adjustable to how much lemon juice you have. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to fully dissolve the sugar then strain and pour into a container for refrigeration. Once cooled you can serve your lemonade however you wish. Put ice in your glass, filling about 1/3 of the way with lemon syrup (more or less depending on how lemony and sweet you like your drink), and top with cold water. Or seltzer water if you want a little carbonation in your drink. For an extra garnish you can put either fruit or a sprig of fresh thyme also goes really well in this lemonade.. I like raspberries in mine while my husband is partial to strawberries.
Fresh Homemade Lemonade
- 3 cups lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
1) Peel zest of 1 lemon, set aside.
2) Juice lemons to get 3 cups fresh lemon juice.
3) Combine lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar, and water. Bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.
4) Strain syrup to remove peel and any pulp that got through your juicer. Refrigerate syrup until chilled.
5) To serve: combine 1/3 cup lemon syrup with 1 cup seltzer water, or ice water. Garnish with fruit of choice, or sprig of fresh herb.