What says Summer more than freshly made lemonade? Do you know how to make a great lemonade? I tried several ways and finally remembered: one needs simple syrup. Simple syrup is just water and sugar that have been dissolved and heated through to desired thickness. It’s what makes a great mojito, or any other refreshing citrus drink.
Lemonade can be infused with different kinds of other flavors, lavender, mint, strawberry, hibiscus, watermelon, pomegranate, cherry, the list goes on, the possibilities are only limited by imagination. And while drink companies continue to profit from our desire to stay hydrated with flavors, start with this simple recipe, and experiment from there. We’d love to see your favorite lemonade drinks, just tag kitchenshaman on social media with your photos.
- Juice of 6-8 lemons
- 1-1 1/2 cups simple syrup
- 3 1/2-4 cups water
- First, juice the lemons. Squeeze out all that lemony goodness. You can use an electric citrus juicer, a hand-juicer, or just squeeze the lemons out with your hands. Wear gloves if you are sensitive to citrus juice or have any cuts on your hands.
- Mix the lemon juice and simple syrup thoroughly.
- Add water to desired strength. If you like it sweeter, add more simple syrup; if you like it more sour, add less. Same with the water.
- Enjoy with a great, refreshing bowl of Watermelon Soup or a Spring Salad. Garnish with mint if you enjoy the mix of lemon and mint.