Monday, June 15, 2009

The Best Darn Lemonade Ever!

I've made lemonade before. It's simple...lemons, sugar and water.

But in the past something was off. I finally figured it out. Simple syrup. Melting the sugar makes the lemonade's consistency better.

Oh how I love lemons. I can't wait to have a lemon tree in my backyard.

The Best Lemonade Ever

1 ¾ white sugar
8 cups water
1 ½ cup lemon juice (about 10 lemons)

In a small saucepan combine sugar with 1 cup of the water. Bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool to room temperature then refrigerate until chilled.

Put the lemons in hot water for 10 minutes then roll to loosen up the juice.

Remove seeds from lemons (leave in as much or as little pulp as you like). Squeeze the lemons in a pitcher, added the chilled sugar syrup and then 7 cups cold water.

You can add some lemon slices for decoration

I also like to add a couple mint leaves.

This a great jump off for Strawberry, Peach or Cherry Lemonade.


Gibber said...

Think this recipe could work for limes too? Or do you need brown sugar? can one make brown sugar simple syrup?

Giada over the weekend had this apple iced tea, and she used simple syrup too :)

Lola said...

I'm drooling for some Limonata now. Thanks for the short circuit on my laptop.


(there's a little something over at my place for you, I don't know if you "do" awards, ma comunque...)

Brian Miller said...

mmmm...i'll take mine with strawberries. nothing like lemonade on a hot summer day.

stopped by via Lola's post. off to get me some lemons to make lemonade.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Yay... I love lemonade, and like you, haven't found just the "right" memory, so I'll definitely try this one!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

gibber - I don't know. Good question. I would Google limeade recipes and see what you come with.

lola - thank you so much!! I rarely "do" them or meme anymore. It's a time issue. sigh.

brian - I agree with you. Hot days are made for lemonade. Enjoy.

jen - I've made this twice. Last time my batch was a little too sweet (for me...I like tartness) but this time I used a little less sugar and it was perfect.

Gil said...

Do you think that the quality of Italian lemons have anything to do with your lemonade being so good?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

gil - that is a very good point. Could be!

milanese masala said...

Sorry I haven't been commenting lately but can't see your site from work anymore :(.
Just wanted to say that your lemonade looks amazing. Perfect for a summer that seems like it's going to be a scorcher.

max said...

Have you iscovered Limoncello yet?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

yes, had it years ago. I haven't cooked with it yet. Not the biggest fan of drinking it straight.

nine said...

indeed, the best lemonade ever ! just made some and gosh, yes it is pure delight ! Might well mention it and translate it into french if you don't mind

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

nine - glad you liked it. of course feel free to translate!