I've been on a bit of a lemonade kick recently. I gave up soda (for the most part) a couple of years ago, so lemonade is becoming my go-to drink when I want something more exciting than water--plus, it's the quintessential summertime drink.
I keep everything I need for it on hand, so it's a cinch to whip up whenever I'm in the mood. Like now.
Here's what you need: lemon juice (confession, I use bottled. It's just easier), simple syrup (recipe follows), and water. I like sparkling water--the little tingle it leaves on my tongue makes it just that much more refreshing.
Here's what you do: Mix equal parts simple syrup (recipe follows) and lemon juice in a glass--for a decently sized glass, (think something in the neighborhood of a pint glass), 2-3 tablespoons of each. Add ice and top of with sparkling water (or tap, if that's all you have). Stir, taste, and adjust lemon juice & simple syrup if necessary.
Enjoy the taste of summer...
If you're making lemonade for a crowd, use these proportions instead:
1 cup of lemon juice,
1 cup of simple syrup (made with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water),
Top off with 3-4 cups of sparkling or tap water, depending on desired strength.
It's really simple. You can buy it in the baking aisle sometimes, but honestly, why bother? Just heat equal parts white sugar and water in a sauce pan until the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, and store in a glass jar in the fridge. I keep mine in a cleaned out peanut butter jar--it holds about 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup. It's useful to have on hand for lemonade (or limeade), or making iced coffee and iced tea, all those good summer things...