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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Most of the dishes I make remind me of Mama in some way. Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, however, is one that reminds me of Daddy. He loved fresh lemonade in the summer and would often fix a batch when left to his own devices with a bowl of lemons. I can still hear his little rhyme: "Lemonade, Lemonade. Made in the shade, sold in the sun. Gimme a nickel and you'll get some!" Then after his first big gulp from a frosty glass he'd lean back and proclaim: "Attaboy!"

When my friend Karin presented me with two bags of lemons the other day I knew I had more than I could use for a baked dessert so decided to put some to use in fresh lemonade. This is really very easy to make and is superior to almost every lemonade you'll find in the grocery store (especially those mixed monstrosities!) If you're worried about sugar, this is one of those things that lends itself to other sweeteners like Splenda.

Crisp, tart, ice-cold and delicious, fresh squeezed lemonade is the perfect way to greet Spring!

Recipe: Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water, plus more to mix
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In small saucepan, make a simple syrup by combining the 3 cups of sugar with 3 cups of water over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool just slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, juice enough lemons to equal 2 cups (depending on lemon size 8-10). Pour lemon juice into gallon container and add simple syrup. Pour in enough cold water to fill up container.
  3. Chill lemonade and serve very cold with a slice of lemon garnish and optional sprig of mint.

Variations

For a Lemonade Slush: Combine 8 oz. lemonade with 8 oz. of crushed ice in blender. Add 2-3 tbs. heavy cream and pulse until smooth and creamy. Serve in chilled glass rimmed with sugar (like a Margarita).

For a Lemonade Margarita: Make lemonade slushes and add 3oz. white tequila and 1 oz. Triple Sec to each drink. Serve in chilled margarita glass rimmed with sugar and garnished with a lemon wedge.

Total time: 15 min
Meal type: cocktail
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
Copyright © Buck Bannister and Sugar Pies.
Recipe by Buck Bannister.


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