Most of the commercial lemonade mixes are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. They also lack the psychological flavor enhancement that only occurs when consuming your own homemade lemonade. So I share with you my recipe for tasty lemonade.
First, you’ll need to get a Meyer lemon tree and nurture it for about seven years (only a few people who read this will understand that statement). Next, once your lemons have ripened for four months, you’ll need to pick about 8 to 12 of them, halve them and then squeeze all the juice out. You’ll need 1 1/2 to 2 cups of lemon juice. Or you can just buy the lemons from the store, or as a last resort buy some real lemon juice.
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 cups cold water
- Lots of ice
- (Optional) substitute two cups of water with 16 oz of Raspberry or Lemon seltzer
- (Optional) 1 cup of crushed strawberries or raspberries
- Bring two of your 8 cups of water to boil and then add 2 cups of sugar and continue to boil until all sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
- Combine cold water, lemon juice, sugar syrup in a large pitcher with lots of ice.
- Add seltzer for a bit of sparkle
- Stir well & enjoy
- Add a few slices of real lemon for garnish and visual appeal
If you like raspberry or strawberry in your lemonade, then crush a half cup of either fruit and mix with your syrup when boiling it.