Lemony fresh lemonade

Today I went to the giant bulk store, Costco. I try to only buy what I need, as sometimes good prices on giant packages of food can be too tempting and it usually takes me a while to use them all. This is all well and fine for non-perishable items, but for bags of vegetables or fruits, it’s not a good thing.

Sometimes, I can’t resist buying something I know I probably shouldn’t.

That’s why I walked out with a giant bag of fantastic looking lemons. I know, it’s out of season and I’m not buying locally. But I live in the Alberta prairie, and all our citrus comes from somewhere else anyway.

What do you do when you have more lemons than you know what to do with? Make lemonade of course.

I used a recipe from the great site Simply Recipes, and the result was a wonderfully tart drink and a kitchen smelling of lemons. Half of the batch is already gone, so I’ll probably make more tomorrow. Heaven knows I still have enough lemons for probably 2-3 more batches.

Perfect lemonade
From Simply Recipes

Ingredients
1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

Method
Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.
Serves 6.

I used the lesser sugar measurement as I prefer lemonade that isn’t too sweet. The comments on the Simply Recipe site has some great tips for variations on this recipe too, like raspberry lemonade or alcoholic versions. I think the Simply Recipes version of pink lemonade is a great idea to try too.

Edited to add: Frozen raspberries or strawberries make a great substitue for ice cubes, and give the lemonade a bit of extra flavour!

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