Summertime is in full swing, and there’s nothing like an ice-cold glass of lemonade to beat the heat. This classic summer beverage always tastes sweeter when you make it yourself, so try out for the perfect pitcher.
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Put your grocery list together and gather your materials. Here’s what you’ll need to make your next pitcher of lemonade:
1 ¾ cups of sugar
1 cup of water for boiling / 7 cups of cold water
9 lemons (or more depending on the size)
You’ll also need a measuring cup, pitcher, saucepan, knife, spoon, and cups for serving. You could squeeze the lemons by hand, but a fruit juicer would make the process smoother.
Mixing Simple Syrup
The secret to the sweetness in this lemonade is all in the syrup. Instead of pouring your sugar directly into the pitcher and stirring until it’s all dissolved, you can prepare a simple syrup on the stovetop. Just bring one cup of water to a boil in a saucepan, and stir in the sugar as the water heats up. Let it boil until the sugar is fully dissolved, then set the simple syrup aside to let it cool.
There’s a trick to getting as much juice as possible from each lemon. Roll each fruit on your countertop to soften them up. This will loosen all the pips and juice on the inside. Next, cut each lemon in half around its middle (not stem to stem). Juice the lemons into a measuring cup, and if you notice any seeds slip into the juice, don’t worry about those just yet. Wait until you’re finished with all the lemons, then use a spoon to fish out any seeds from the bottom. A slotted spoon will allow the juice to flow out and make the task a bit easier.
Once all the ingredients have been prepared, you’re ready to mix it all together. Start by pouring your ice-cold water into a pitcher. Next, stir in the lemon juice, then follow with a little simple syrup. You might want to taste the drink as you add the syrup to make sure you sweeten it to taste and don’t make the lemonade overly sweet. Remember that you can always add more sugar, but it’s hard to balance out too much sugar once it’s in the mix. Finally, you can add some ice cubes, but be sure to wait until you’re ready to serve the lemonade so that the ice doesn’t melt and dilute the flavor.
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