July 23, 2012
I don't know about you, but it's been crazy hot here lately. We're talking 100+ temperatures for reeeeeally long days on end.
The kind of weather that makes your body sweat...in places you didn't even know could sweat. The kind of weather of weather that makes putting makeup on totally pointless, because you know it will melt away within seconds of stepping outside, so you kinda, sorta resemble a clown.
Not the funny, kid-loving type either. The freaky, fun-house type that will have those kids running away as fast as they can.
Enter the quintessential summer drink....
There's something about an ice-cold cup of fresh squeezed lemonade that makes you forget, just for a second, the rivers streaming from your under-boob.
Yes, under-boob is a term. At least it should be.
Anyway, I digress. Lemonade is the stuff that summer days are made of. Along with running through the sprinkler, frosty popsicles, and toasty marshmallows over a campfire. I thought it about time I share by moms lemonade recipe with you. It's my favorite. I've tried other recipes, but nothing else seems quite the same to me. Which was why I even made a special Skype call, all the way over to Wales, to get my moms lemonade recipe for you.
Do you feel special?
The flavor is similar to a limoncello, but totally kid-friendly. :) So if you like your lemonade tart and full of lemon flavor, this one is for you.
Serves: 4-6 Printable Recipe
2 whole lemons, quartered
1 1/4 cups sugar
4-5 cups water, divided
1. Quarter your lemons and leave the skin on, remove the seeds.
2. Combine 2 cups of water and the sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved.
3. Combine the sugar water and lemon quarters in a blender. Pulse on high for 30 seconds.
4. Pour the lemon mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large container.
5. Pour another 2 cups of water through the strainer into the container, so all the lemony sugar goodness is washed through. You can add more water to taste if needed.
6. Allow lemonade to chill and settle in the fridge, then serve over ice and enjoy!
Recipe Note: Do not blend the lemons for too long. If you blend too long the lemonade will turn bitter. This lemonade tastes best after chilled in the fridge for a while.