I think the sun thawing out the snow caused me to suddenly think it was summer. That and I had been promising myself to work on some varieties of lemonade since December. A lot of times in a restaurant I will order a lemonade, especially if they have an interesting variety. Up until now I really had no idea what went into making lemonade. Unfortunately I now know how much sugar is in a glass, so I have to be careful about drinking too much of it. Essentially the recipe for basic lemonade is nothing more than a watered down sweet and sour mix.
I tried to incorporate a trick to bring out a really lemony flavor by boiling the rinds of one lemon cut very thin for a few minutes and then adding in the sugar to liquefy
- 2 cups (475 ml) of juice (about 12 lemons), this should be strained to remove any heavy pulp.
- The rind of one lemon cut into thin strips.
- 2 cups (approximately 400 grams) of sugar
- 4 cups (950 ml) purified water
The trick is to place the rinds in the 4 cups of water and bring it to a low boil, and covered. This does two things, it gives you the fastest boil time possible, and it keeps the aroma and flavoring from the rinds inside the pot. It cannot boil for very long. It is important to quickly stir the sugar into the water while it is still just barely boiling and the instant it is completely dissolved, turn off the heat. Place it to the side and let it cool completely. Then strain it into the container you will use for the lemonade. It should be almost clear, with no particles or debris. Then stir in the 2 cups of lemon juice. Taste it, sometimes you will need to add some water to balance the flavors. This can be stored in the refrigerator for a week, but I never like to keep it longer then 4 days at the most.
From this basic lemonade all things are possible. You can juice strawberries and mix that 1/2 - 1/2 to create amazing strawberry lemonade. You can make blueberry lemonade and kiwi lemonade too like I show here. There are many possibilities, I just wish it was July so I could enjoy this in the hot summer sun.