Wednesday, August 8, 2012
One thing that always brings me back to summer, even after the sun is gone, is lemonade. Lemons stay in season year-round, making it easy to enjoy this tart, refreshing beverage whenever you want. With this recipe, you can mix it up with different fruits that are in season to accompany the mother fruit that is lemons. I used peaches in this recipe, but you can also use strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, oranges, blackberries. Be creative and have fun!
Adapted from hrrrthrrr.com
Total Time: about
1 whole peach, pitted, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup sugar
1 cup water + more for mixing the lemonade
2-3 cups of fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 8-10 small lemons or 4-5 large ones)
Start by making the peach simple syrup. Place peaches in a pot with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until the peaches break down, the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens (about 5 minutes). Strain mixture and place in the refrigerator to cool.
Next, let the mixing and tasting begin! In a large bowl (with a spout if you have it), mix 2 cups of lemon juice, 3 cups of water, and 1 cup of simple syrup. Then add more of each to taste, depending on your personal preference and the tartness of your lemons. Once you've reached the perfect mixture, transfer to a pitcher or bottle and store in your refrigerator until ready to drink. If needed, you may dilute the mixture a little bit by serving with ice cubes.
Tip: This makes a great host/hostess gift.