I walked into the kitchen and discovered my son juicing lemons. He had already located the sugar and told me he was going to make lemonade. I took a picture because I wanted my husband to see what happens when I fold laundry or clean the bathrooms, so he might gain an appreciation for a dirty house. Perhaps I should have scolded my son, but he pointed out that it was a very hot, lemonade sort of day. So instead of being “scoldy”, I decided to teach him how to make lemonade.
If you have ever tried making lemonade with table sugar, you have probably had a hard time getting the right balance of sweet to tart. You probably also had a hard time getting the sugar to completely dissolve. You will find it much easier to make perfectly delicious lemonade if you combine simple syrup with your lemon juice to make your lemonade.
You don't have to buy simple syrup, it is easy to make and you make it with the same things that you have used in your old lemonade recipe: sugar and water. Once you have made the simple syrup, you add the lemon juice to it and then you let it chill or serve it over ice.
Frugal Tip: When lemons are on sale, juice them and freeze the juice. I like to freeze the juice of 4 lemons together, so I can easily make lemonade whenever I wish.
- 4 lemons (approximately 1 cup of lemon juice)
- 1¼ cups simple syrup (How to make simple syrup)
- 4 cups cold water
- Extra lemon for garnish (optional)
- Make simple syrup using 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.
- Juice the lemons.
- Combine the juice, simple syrup, and cold water in a large pitcher.
- Serve over ice and garnish with lemon if you wish.
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