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Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

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Freshly Squeezed Lemonade
all photography Blue Caleel

all photography Blue Caleel

One of the most refreshing drinks on the planet is lemonade made with real lemons. It only takes a few minutes to squeeze the lemons, and with my super quick method for Simple Syrup, you can basically have the whole thing mixed together and ready to serve in less than 15 minutes. 

I only measured for the purpose of this recipe. Usually, I just throw everything in together and taste it.  I add more lemon juice if I would like it to be more tart or more simple syrup if I want it to be sweeter.

If you are making this in advance, combine the the lemon juice, simple syrup, and water.  Wait to add the ice and fresh lemon slices until just before serving.

I realized that a lot of people have smaller pitchers than I do so I made both a small batch and large batch version.  The directions for both are the same.

 

FRESHLY SQUEEZED LEMONADE

LARGE PITCHER Makes 3 quarts (12 cups)

2 quarts ice
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (I can't tell you exactly how many lemons this is because some lemons are small, some are large, some are extra juicy.  Start with at least 6.)
2 cups simple syrup
4 cups cold water
1 lemon, sliced (for garnish in pitcher and one slice for each serving glass)
 

SMALL PITCHER  Makes 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups)

1 quart ice
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I can't tell you exactly how many lemons this is because some lemons are small, some are large, some are extra juicy.  Start with at least 3.)
1 cup simple syrup
2 cups cold water
1 lemon, sliced (for garnish in pitcher and one slice for each serving glass)


Slice one lemon and place in a pitcher.  Place ice over the lemon.  
Pour in lemon juice.  Pour in simple syrup.  Add water and stir well.
Fill glasses with ice and a lemon slice. Then, pour the lemonade over the ice.  Serve immediately.