Most people know how to make lemonade. It’s not really all that difficult to do. Just squeeze some lemons, add a little sugar and some water and you have lemonade. How simple is that. Well, you know there is a better way to really make that lemonade flavor “pop.” Try my method to make perfect lemonade each and every time.
Simply remember these measurements - 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
(I promise this will make a perfectly sweet lemonade every time. Just reduce the amount of sugar if you want your lemonade less sweet. I like using Meyer Lemons occasionally for lemonade, however, remember that they are naturally sweeter than regular lemons so reduce the sugar by ¼ cup or to taste.)
My secret to making great tasting lemonade is by making a "simple syrup" first, then adding the lemon juice and additional cold water. Dissolving the sugar in boiling water and making a simple syrup will effectively distribute the sugar without it just sinking and settling in the bottom of the pitcher. Believe me, this works so much better than mixing and trying to dissolve the sugar in just cold water. So give this recipe a try. I guarantee you will love it!!!
Gregg’s Premium Lemonade
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 cup water
· 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
· 3 or 4 cups chilled water
1. Make a simple syrup by mixing the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Squeeze the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, or enough to make one cup of juice.
3. Add the fresh lemon juice and the sugar water “Simple Syrup” to a pitcher.
4. Add 3 or 4 cups of cold water, or enough to reach desired strength. Start with 3 then taste, continue by adding a ½ cup until it satisfies your taste.
5. Refrigerate at least 45 minutes before serving.
6. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Another little secret I employ is to make a ½ batch and freeze in ice cube trays. Then add these as your ice to the glass of lemonade to maintain the strength of the flavor and avoid diluting it as regular ice cubes do as they melt.
I have also frozen it as a block of ice then shave it into glasses for a more creative look.
Serve with ice, sliced lemons and mint sprig to garnish.
Serves about 6.