I could easily fry eggs on my sidewalk this week. The thermometer has been close to 100 almost everyday and this weekend will be no different. I like all the sunshine but I could do without the extreme heat and humidity. This is the perfect time to make homemade lemonade.
Whenever we are at the Jersey shore, my kids want the tall lemonades with the lemons in the glass. One glass costs about four or five dollars. Talk about making lemons into lemonade. I’ve decided I could make my own pitchers of lemonade and it would cost a small fraction of those boardwalk drinks. I envision adding some blueberries, vodka and basil to a glass after the kids go to bed but for right now, let’s talk sweet and tart lemonade.
Here are a few tips when making this refreshing concoction:
- Microwave the lemons for 10 seconds. Then roll them on the counter before cutting them. This make them very juicy.
- Use superfine sugar as this dissolves best.
- Add fresh herbs such as basil or mint to spruce things up.
- To make flavored lemonade, add some blueberries or strawberries. It is really good pureed too.
My kids like to drink it straight up with no added fruit or herbs. I like mine with some fruit, some vodka and a splash of club soda.
It’s going to be a hot one. Stay cool this weekend!
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
- 6 large lemons, juiced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- plenty of crushed ice
- In a small saucepan, mix together the sugar and 1 cup of water. Heat on medium until sugar dissolves. Put the sugar water, regular water, lemon juice and sliced lemon in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir.