Foodie Friday: A Last Lemony Hurrah

We know summer doesn’t officially end until later in September. But in the good ol’ U.S.A., we just get to Labor Day and call it good.

As we come to this traditional end of summer, with traditionally hot August temps, we decided to turn our Foodie Friday attention to the ultimate cold summer drink: lemonade. A lot of us grew up thinking lemonade came from a can — powdered or frozen. Guess what you guys? You can make it with real lemons!

Making lemonade

Here’s a spectacular DIY lemonade recipe made with simple syrup. It takes a little longer but the syrup creates a heavenly balance for the tartness of the lemon juice. If your brood is thirsty, double the recipe — it goes fast.

Ingredients:

4-5 large lemons, or 8-10 small

1 3/4 cups white sugar + 2 Tbsp

8 cups water

Directions:

1. Combine sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Allow to cool down to room temperature, then cover syrup and refrigerate until chilled.

2. Squeeze enough lemons to get 1 1/2 cups of juice. Remove seeds; your choice whether to keep or toss the pulp. In a pitcher, combine the chilled syrup with the lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water.

3. Rim glasses with sugar and serve lemonade over ice with thin slices of lemon. Aahhhhh!