Best Ever Lemonade

July 13th, 2008 by Dawn

On a beautiful summer day like today, nothing beats a tall glass of lemonade.  I came across a recipe online years ago called “Best Ever Lemonade” and I’m convinced that it really is.  The trick is steeping the lemon rinds in boiling water to extract the tart lemon flavor, before combining it with the lemon juice.  Here is my slightly simplified version of the recipe:

Best Ever Lemonade

4 lemons
1 cup sugar
1 quart water

Halve and juice the lemons.  Set the juice aside and place the lemon rinds into a large bowl.  Cover with sugar and let stand for half an hour.  Meanwhile, boil the water, then pour the hot water over the lemons and stir to dissolve the sugar.  When cool, take out the rinds and strain the sugar water into a pitcher.  Stir in the lemon juice.  Chill and serve over ice.

Adaptations: Add four 4-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary or eight lavender sprigs into the hot water with the lemon rinds to make Rosemary Lemonade or Lavender Lemonade.

3 Responses to “Best Ever Lemonade”

  1. Anne Archambault [] says:

    I tried your recipe this past week — but with limes. It was a bit too harsh from the rind. Maybe 3 limes instead of 4? I’ll definately have to try it with lemons next time… Thanks Dawn!

  2. Dawn says:

    Anne, perhaps try peeling the limes with a vegetable peeler and steeping only that part without the pith. That’s actually what the original recipe says you should do, but I’m too lazy for that and think it works well with the whole peel for lemons.

  3. seonaidh says:

    yummmmmers! Brian has made this and we’re just doing another batch to please a crowd of campers this weekend. Love it!!! Rosemary, next time.

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