Since it's the unofficial start of summer, which is absolutely, hands-down, my favorite time of the year, I decided to celebrate by making a batch of homemade, fresh-squeezed lemonade. There's no better drink in my opinion, and with only three ingredients, it's quite simple to make. I hope this inspires you to take a moment and enjoy the sunshine this weekend (with a glass of lemonade in hand)!
Yield: about 2 liters
Time: about 20 minutes
2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons)
1 cup sugar
Start by making a simple syrup. Combine one cup of sugar with one cup of water in a small pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure all the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
While the simple syrup is cooling, it's time to squeeze the lemons. This can be done by hand or with a juicer, if you have one. When the juice is ready, it's time to start mixing.
Remember the 3-2-1 ratio. Start by mixing 3 cups water, 2 cups lemon juice, and 1 cup simple syrup in a large bowl. Stir and taste. If it feels a little too strong, add more water, if it feels too sour, add more syrup, if it feels too sweet, add more lemon juice. Do this until you have a perfect mixture that suits your taste buds. Pour lemonade into a pitcher or other storage container and cool in the fridge until ready to drink.
Serve with ice and enjoy!