quite the opposite, it's super simple and also super cheap to make!
this is exactly why i make it a lot this time of year. with all the things on my plate right now (the mounds of paperwork as the end of the school year looms; scheduling fun, free stuff for me and the kids to do all summer; prepping for summer fair vending; and the ever-present duties of wife and mom), i like to be able to whip up a pitcher of fresh lemonade and smirk as my family cheers me on like i just baked a seven-layer chocolate cake!
it's easy, yes, but it still requires a certain knack to make a good pitcher of lemonade, for sure!
you can't just squeeze a little of this and pour a little of that and expect it to come out perfect every time!
in fact, my MIL was over last week as i had just make a pitcher and said, after sipping, "i think i'm going to go home and make some lemonade too..." my husband asked her if she wanted my recipe and she was completely insulted-- "it's EASY to make lemonade!!" cut to 3 days later, at her house. i asked, "did you make the lemonade?" she turned up her nose-- "it was NASTY! it didn't taste like yours!"
who knew i had such coveted skills!!
without further ado, i present:
the perfect lemonade!
in these pics i actually made lemon-limeade, which tastes sooo much yummier than straight lemonade.
i'll be sure to let you know how i altered the recipe when using limes in the "read more" section below...
6 lemons, plus one more for garnish
6 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
before cutting, roll the lemons on the counter with the heels of your hands to soften them and get the juices ready.
cut each lemon in half and use whichever citrus juicer you have on hand. mine is a manual citrus press from pampered chef, and it's one of the coolest things i've bought for my kitchen in a long time! (yes, i'm excited by the little things in life!)
you should get about 1 cup of juice, which you will mix with the water and sugar, and, viola-- lemonade!
best of all:
happy summer solstice!
- for lemon-limeade: use 4 lemons and 4 limes
- for strawberry lemonade: add a tablespoon of pureed macerated strawberries to the bottom the glass before pouring in lemonade
- for a more natural and richer-tasting lemonade: use 2/3 cup of maple syrup instead of granulated sugar
- for a super yummy twist on a classic: add a drop or two of angostura aromatic bitters