This real lemonade recipe is a wonderful one to keep tucked away in the recesses of your mind – you can mix it up any way you like, but just as is will always turn out perfectly if you remember the basic 1 cup + 1 cup + 1 cup proportions. Don’t bother with store bought mixture, buy real lemons and make real lemonade!
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- Approx 5 lemons* (which should make about 1 cup lemon juice) You could use bought lemon juice, but fresh is best for that authentic “home-made” taste.
- 3.5 cups extra cold water, for diluting
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnishing
Begin by making a basic sugar syrup.
In a small sized saucepan over a medium heat, combine the sugar with one cup of water.
Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Pour the sugary water into a pitcher.
Add in the lemon juice.
Gradually add in the extra cold water, to taste. (You can add in extra water later if the mixture it too sweet for you.) Refrigerate for one hour, or until chilled.
Serve poured over ice and with a thin slice of lemon.
Perfect every time!
* Be aware that Meyer lemons are sweeter than other lemon varieties so if you’re using Meyers you might want to reduce the amount of sugar you use – or use more water to dilute.