Simply Made Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Monday, July 11, 2011
Having three kids and loving fresh food, I am always happiest with my recipes that are simple, tasty and fresh.Which every recipe I share on this blog aims to be meet that criteria - fresh squeezed lemonade is no exception. It is very easy to make, takes very little time and it is also simple to doctor it up a bit with muddled mint, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries.
For a basic recipe what you need is:
6-8 lemons (I buy the one in a bag which are a little smaller but cost less.) If you have larger lemons you can use fewer but you will want it to yield about 1.5 cups lemon juice.
3/4 to 1 cup sugar depending on your preference. 3/4 cup definitely retains the tartness of the lemons.
8 cups water
To make fresh squeezed lemonade first you need to make a simple syrup. To do this add one cup of your water to a pan with your sugar, heat over low heat, stir until the sugar dissolves - done. Place to the side.
Then you will need to squeeze your lemons with a citrus juicer, this can be the handheld kind, or whatever you have at home.
Then you mix your lemon juice, simple syrup and remaining water together in a container and voila! You are done! It is that easy. Today I made mine with muddled mint from my garden. But again you can add whatever fruits you like, just muddle or puree them and add a few whole piece if you'd like to make it look extra pretty. Side Note: If you do add muddle fruit it is best to allow the lemonade to sit in the fridge for an hour or so before drinking to bring out all the flavors.