There is nothing like a tall, icy cold glass of freshly made lemonade. I’m not talking about the stuff frozen in a tube or the yellow powder you dissolve in water. Uh, huh! I am talking about homemade sugar syrup and freshly squeezed lemons! I have had this recipe for 12 years and have never found a better one. It was on the television show Main Ingredient with Bobby Flay on Lifetime TV in 1997. Come join me on the porch for a glass.
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
4 additional cups water
Dissolve sugar in 1 cup of water over medium heat. Zest 2 lemons with a grater and add the zest to the water.
Cook for 10 minutes or until liquid is a clear yellow. It might bubble a little, but that’s okay. If you don’t want the zest to end up in the final product, strain your syrup before putting it in the refrigerator to chill.
Juice the 6 lemons and strain out the pulp and seeds. Pour juice in a pitcher and add 4 cups of water. When it has cooled, pour the sugar syrup mixture in the lemon juice/water mixture. Chill and enjoy! This recipe is easily doubled, and if you are serving more than 2, I highly recommend it.