During a Summer like this, I like to keep refreshing drinks in the fridge so I can have a little something sweet without a lot of effort. Lemonade is a perfect Summer drink for almost any occasion. I also tend to think of it as a “happy” drink to use whenever I need a little stress reliever. This version is very easy to make and versatile to adapt to anyone’s tastes.
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
zest from 1 lemon
2 cups lemon juice
4 cups water
1. Put sugar, 1 cup water and the lemon zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a slow simmer and reduce heat to medium. Leave on heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not stir the sugar.
2. Combine the lemon juice and the 4 cups water in a pitcher. When the sugar has completely dissolved, add to the pitcher. Taste the lemonade, if you want it a little more tart, add some more lemon juice. If it’s too tart, add a little more water.
3. If you want to dress up the lemonade, you can add fresh lavender or mint before it is chilled or even strawberries or raspberries. Enjoy!
Michele Tracey, Food Editor