I decided today to embrace one last vestige of summer in hopes that perhaps the summer weather isn’t totally gone. A girl can hope, can’t she? Nothing says bright warm summer days like a cold glass of fresh lemonade.
This lemonade is fresh, sweet, tangy and hits all the right notes for being a totally refreshing drink. It’s very quick to pull together so in no time you can be enjoying a cold glass in the sun.
This is also a milestone for me as it’s the first time in 3 months that I have made anything, and I mean, ANYTHING other than toast or kraft dinner in my kitchen. I’ve been suffering from terrible morning sickness (read: all day nausea) and exhaustion and have not been able to handle cooking or pretty much anything. Even if it was just lemonade, it gave me hope that this phase is on its way out. Small steps!
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Zest of 1 lemon, cut in strips with a peeler
1½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (8-10 lemons) **
8 cups cold water
In a small saucepan, stir together sugar, water and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Strain out and discard the lemon zest.
In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice, cold water and sugar syrup and stir until well mixed. Refrigerate.
Keeps well in the fridge up to 5 days.
**strain the lemon juice through a fine sieve if you prefer less pulp in your lemonade