Drink | The World’s Best Lemonade

By | June 1, 2012 at 7:55 am | No comments | Drink, Drink Recipes, Non-Alcoholic | Tags: ,

Ok, so maybe this isn’t the world’s best lemonade recipe.  Or maybe it is.  At the end of the day there are few things better than an ice cold glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day.  If you look around the internet, you’ll find a number of sites and recipes touting their lemonade as the best you’ll ever have.  In the end, is it not just about using really good ingredients and making this classic drink shine on it’s own.

So for a kickoff to summer, let’s make lemonade.  The best lemonade comes from the best lemons.  When making great homemade lemonade, we strongly suggest getting the best lemons you can find.  If you’re in the Midwest, finding local lemons throughout the year is a bit of a challenge.  In cases like this we suggest going to an upscale grocer like Whole Foods or Dean & Deluca.  If you can’t, then just go to your local grocery story and pick out the best lemons you can find.

Fresh Lemons for Lemonade

To choose perfectly ripe use these guidelines:

  • bright, glossy yellow color
  • firm, but not over-hard or too soft or with squishy spots (it’s too far gone at that point)
  • sounds simple, but it should smell lemony
  • choose lemons that are heavy for their size
  • peels that have a finely grained texture

Now that you have your lemons, let’s make lemonade.  Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (seeds removed, but pulp remaining)
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar in the raw (or 1 3/4 cups white sugar)
  • 8 cups purified water

Place the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat stirring continuously to dissolve the sugar.  Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature as it forms a simple syrup.  In a pitcher combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, and remaining water.  Stir until thoroughly mixed and serve over ice or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

 

-Jerry

 

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