When life give you lemons .... what are you going to do?

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Lemons have been used since around the 1st century. It's thought they originated in Asia but no one seems to be sure. At least Wikipedia isn't sure.  In the Americas, lemon seeds arrived with Columbus through Hispaniola but know knows, maybe the seeds found their way with Don Juan de OƱate y Salazar into Mexico and up into the southwest. Anyway ...
Then, someones mama got to working in the kitchen and discovered lemonade.
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...and over the years, we've found, there isn't a better way to cool down by the pool or in the yard than with an ice cold glass of homemade Lemonade and no, I'm not going to tell you to spike it.
This is the recipe, I've been using for some time now. I like it a bit tart but if you like it sweet, you can adjust the sugar.

My Homemade Lemonade
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
5 cups cold water
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
Grated rind of one lemon
Stir the sugar and the boiling water together to make a simple syrup.
Add lemon juice, cold water and the lemon rind. 
This should make about 8 glasses of Lemonade

Refrigerate until it's ice cold.
Serve over ice in a tall glass. Drop in a fresh strawberry slice if you have it on hand and garnish the rim with a slice of lemon.

OR, for the kids and when you are having guests ...
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Pour the prepared Lemonade into as many Mason Jars as it will take, drop two slices of lemon (cut in very thin rounds because it will look pretty) into each jar. Cap tightly and put in the freezer until the lemonade is almost slushy. Fill a large bucket with ice, and place the jars into the ice to keep chilled.

The kids and the adults will love to have their own jar full of icy cold Lemonade.

**You can make additional pitchers for refills.


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1 comment:

  1. That looks very tasty! I love homemade lemonade!


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