Nothing says summer quite like sitting outside and sipping your favorite ice-cold beverage on a warm, breezy day. The weather has been in the 80’s here this week, and with Memorial Day creeping up this weekend, I thought this would be just about the perfect time to make a pitcher of fresh lemonade. Do you have a favorite summertime drink? I love lemonade because it’s just a little sweet and a little tangy – it sort of lingers on your tongue a bit. Plus I love squeezing the juice out of the lemons the good old fashioned way – in my hands. This is super quick, so you’ll be out on the deck sipping your lemonade in no time!
A quick note on the recipe – it calls for superfine sugar, which you can typically find at the grocery store (I have bought Domino brand before), but if you can’t find it or don’t want to buy it specifically for this, you can run regular granulated sugar through a food processor for a few seconds. The benefit to using superfine is that it dissolves easily into the liquid, so you don’t have grains of sugar throughout the drink.
Cheers to a fabulous summer on the horizon! *Clink!*
2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 8 lemons)
1-1/3 cups superfine sugar
6 cups water
Stir together lemon juice and sugar in a 3-quart pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Add water and stir until combined. Garnish with additional lemon slices and mint, if desired. Serve over ice in glasses.
*Note: You can refrigerate the lemonade if not serving immediately; stir before serving.