I love spring!
It’s that time when long pants are put away and replaced with breezy skirts and shorts. It’s that time when hot chamomile tea is shoved to the back of the drawer and replaced by…lemonade!
(pictures from Design Mom)
Yes, yes, yes! I can taste the lemon already! Here’s my favorite recipe (it’s delicious) for lemonade with some variations. Because, come on, you gotta go big or go home. Life just gets a little more interesting that way.
Simple syrup: you start by cooking 1 cup granulated sugar with 2 cups water on a stove. Once it boils, turn off the heat and let it cool.
This is when it gets fun! For flavor variations, you can steep different things in the mixture. Make sure to steep them while the sugar water is still hot. Then it will pull out all the flavors and pretty colors!
You can add things from your garden, like fresh mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender buds (ones without pesticides), or organic edible flowers. Not all of them at once, though. You don’t want to go on spice overload. Unless you like that sort of thing. 🙂
Fruits: my personal favorite addition is fresh cut strawberries. Yum! Other fruits that work include blueberries (cut in half), peaches, blackberries, pineapple, cherry, mango, raspberry, cranberry…the possibilities really are endless. With fruits, there’s no real way to go wrong. (Hint: combine a fruit with a spice, like strawberry mint, strawberry basil, blueberry lavender, or mango mint. It’s amazing!)
While that’s cooling, squeeze them lemons! I’m weird and like to strain the lemon juice, but some like the pulp. They say it’s healthier (isn’t that nice?)
Combine 1 cup lemon juice with 3 cups water. When your syrup is cooled, strain out all the chunks (if you added other things to it) and measure out 2 cups syrup. Mix the syrup with the lemon juice and water mixture and add ice as needed.
If you want to make it beautiful, add a little garnish in the pitcher that nods to your flavor additions. A slice of strawberry, some blueberries, a mint leaf.
Isn’t lemonade such a great way to kick off spring?
1 cup granulated sugar
5 cups water, divided
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1. Stir sugar and 2 cups water together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let cool. Optional: while cooling, steep fruits/spices in the mixture for extra flavor.
2. Strain sugar water. Measure out 2 cups and add to it 3 cups water, lemon juice (strained or un-strained), and ice as needed.