Fresh Lemonade

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
1 hr 30 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
About 6 cups
Level:
Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 10 to 12 lemons
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • Sliced lemons, for garnish
Directions

Optional flavorings: basil, scraped vanilla beans, freshly grated ginger (see Cook's Note)

Combine the sugar with 1 cup water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow the sugar to dissolve, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Combine the lemon juice, sugar syrup, and 4 cups cold water in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with mint leaves and sliced lemons.

For a twist on classic lemonade, try infusing the sugar syrup with fresh basil, a scraped vanilla bean or freshly grated ginger root. Add it to the syrup while it cools. Strain out any solids before using.

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