There’s nothing better than a glass of old fashioned lemonade on a hot day! It’s easy to make this classic summer beverage.
Lemonade…is there a better, more favorite summertime drink? I don’t think so. And my son doesn’t think so – lemonade has been requested many, many times in the past week. Must have something to do with the heat bubble that we’re in – temperatures have been in the mid-90’s here, way too hot for my taste!
Let’s talk about my history with lemonade, shall we?
When I was little, if I mentioned lemonade, I was talking about lemon Kool-Aid. (I loved Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Opening the little packets, adding the sugar and water…it was like magic and science all rolled into one).
Then when I was a bit older, lemonade was the frozen lemonade concentrate you buy at the grocery store. A step up from Kool-Aid. Once I was making fresh lemonade as an adult, at first I was just doing fresh lemons, water, and sugar. Which was yummy, but a bit gritty, because that sugar never fully dissolved.
There’s a little trick to getting that old fashioned lemonade taste…simple syrup. Instead of doing a cup full of straight sugar, you will make a sugar syrup to add to your lemonade.
How do you make simple syrup?
Simple syrup is just equal parts sugar and water that you heat on the stove. Don’t boil it, though, just heat it until the sugar dissolves. It makes the lemonade sweet, and there’s no gritty sugar at the bottom of your glass.
Simple syrup is a game changer! Once I started making lemonade this way, I’ve never gone back.
If you want to make a variation on this recipe, try this refreshing homemade strawberry lemonade.
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Old Fashioned Lemonade.
- 8 lemons
- 4 cups water
For the simple syrup:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
Place the 3/4 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar in a sauce pan. Heat over medium low heat, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
Juice the lemons, and put the strained juice in a pitcher.
Add the 4 cups water and the cooled simple syrup. Stir well.
Serve over ice.
Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
This old fashioned lemonade is our favorite because it’s:
- the perfect allergy friendly beverage
- a great way to cool off
- a summertime tradition
How do you make your lemonade?
If you’re looking for another refreshing summer drink try this watermelon berry fizz.