Looking for a recipe to turn lemons into lemonade? This one is my ‘go-to’ recipe
- 200 ml lemon juice – squeezed fresh from juicy lemons [and we sieve the big bits out]
- 400 ml water
- 200 g sugar or equivalent other sweetener [I sometimes use Stevia – add it with the juice]
Boil water in a saucepan. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat. Cool.
Add lemon juice and stir.
Keep this concentrate in fridge [1-2 weeks only].
To serve: in a tall glass/jug add ice, a little of the concentrate, and fill with sparkling spring water or soda water. Stir.
Taste, adjust quantities and sweetness. Some lemons are more sour than others – they need more sweetener to make a nice drink. Taste and adjust until you like the result.
PS My grand-mother’s original recipe included the lemon peel [zest].
It was boiled with the water for a bit [her measurements varied each time she made these for us as the recipe’s outcome depended on the type of lemon, season and rainfall. So she taste-tested and adjusted until it worked]
PPS If you buy lemons, unless you know they have clean skin without wax or chemicals, use only the juice.