Homemade lemonade is a lot simpler than you think. Especially this one. The hardest part is waiting for the simple syrup to cool. That is the part where I stand and stare at the fridge patiently or impatiently some might say.
This old fashioned lemonade has three ingredients, sugar, water and lemon. The sugar and water when heated create a simple syrup that gets added to the fresh squeezed lemon juice. That’s it!
As for the garnish be creative. Add some fresh strawberries, blueberries, or my favorite blackberries. I like to add mint to my lemonade and have since upgraded to basil. It adds a nice fragrance to the lemonade and is also a beautiful garnish.
You can easily substitute lime for the recommended lemon in this recipe to make a refreshing limeade.
A few tips for juicing lemons:
- Roll the lemon
Place the lemon on the counter and roll to release juices. The average lemon has about 3 tbsp of juice in it so if you are not getting that keep squeezing!
- Place lemon in microwave
It is good to keep your lemons out at room temperature before juicing. If they have been in the fridge try this microwave tip. Microwave for about 20 seconds to extract more juice from your lemons. Allow to cool and juice.
- 4 cups water
- ¾ cups sugar
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Start by adding water and sugar to a medium saucepan and heating on high heat. Boil until sugar has fully dissolved stir continuously. It typically takes about 2 minutes to dissolve. Take of the heat and place in the refrigerator until cool.
- Combine simple syrup, and lemonade in a large pitcher over ice. Stir to combine and garnish with herbs or fresh fruit.