With Independence Day just a few days away we’ve been putting on our thinking caps about how to make our picnic better for this year. I was walking through my local fresh grocer, and was struck with the idea to make fresh squeezed lemonade. What better way to relax on a hot summer day?
Making lemonade is actually quite simple if you have the right tools. I was lucky enough to pick up the hand juicer at my local thrift store. A thorough scrub, and it was good as new.
Here’s what you need.
● 1 cup sugar
● 1 cup water
● 8 medium lemons
● 7 cups water
● Sauce pan / stove
1. In a pan on the stove place one cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar. Over medium heat stir occasionally until all of the sugar is dissolved. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes or so. This creates a simple syrup. Set to the side and allow to cool to room temp.
2. Juice your lemons (microwave your lemons for 20-30 seconds before juicing to get a higher yield, you can also roll them firmly on the counter prior to cutting)
3. In your pitcher combine your simple sugar solution and lemon juice. Add additional water. We started with 6 cups, then added more after tasting.
That’s it. Add some ice to a glass (Or a mason jar in my case), pour your lemonade, and garnish. We’re going to try some strawberry, and blueberry lemonade next! What kinds of lemonade do you like best?!