Oh, summer! You have arrived in all your glory and heat. Nothing cools off a hot summer day like a refreshing glass of ice-cold old fashion lemonade.
What’s so great about this Old Fashioned Lemonade recipe?
- 1) It’s from the Anne of Green Gables cookbook
- 2) The recipe starts with a concentrated syrup that will last all summer in the refrigerator,
- 2) makeup one glass of lemonade or a gallon,
- 3) Flavor possibilities are endless.
How to make the simple lemonade concentrate:
- In a small saucepan mix the sugar and water together.
- Bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 5 minutes.
- Let cool slightly. Pour the warm mixture into a large measuring cup or bowl.
- Pour in the freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Add fresh lemon zest. Stir, then let the mixture cool.
- Pour cooled lemonade syrup into a jar. Refrigerate until ready to use. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for at least a month.
Sparkling Old Fashioned Lemonade:
- Add 1/4 cup of the lemonade syrup to a 12 oz glass.
- Add sparkling water or ice-cold water. Stir mixture together.
- Add slices of fresh lemons and a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.
- For strawberry lemonade and 2 tablespoons of fresh strawberry puree to the lemonade syrup.
- Stir mixture together. Fill glass with sparkling water or ice-cold water.
- Add fresh strawberry slices and a sprig of mint, if desired.
Old Fashioned Lemonade
Old Fashioned Lemonade is made with a lemonade concentrate that will last in the refrigerator for weeks. Recipe from old Anne Of Green Gables cookbook. Perfect lemonade every time!
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 ½ cups water
- Zest from one lemon
- 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- Cold water or sparkling water
- Lemons slices
- Fresh mint leaves
Measure the sugar and water into a saucepan. While stirring with a wooden spoon, bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let cool slightly.
Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest to the sugar syrup. Cool completely. Pour the lemonade syrup into a quart jar. Cover tightly with the lid. The syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 weeks.
When you’re ready to serve the lemonade, put some ice cubes in the bottom of a glass. Our ¼ cup of the lemon syrup over the ice cubes. Add ¾ cup cold water or sparkling water and stir.
Float a thin slice of lemon and, if you like, a fresh mint leaf on top of each glass.
The recipe makes enough syrup for 14 glasses of lemonade.
- Don't forget to about adding fresh herbs to lemonade: Fresh basil, rosemary, mint, not to mention lavender! Yes, lavender!
- Add fresh pureed fruit that is in season. Apricot, peach (yes please), blackberries.
- Toss is slices of cucumbers for an extra refreshing taste.
- Ginger! How could I forget fresh ginger lemonade with Thai basil?
- Pink lemonade: add 1/2 cup grenadine syrup to the jar of lemonade syrup and stir.
- Strawberry lemonade: add 2 tablespoons of puree of fresh strawberries into each glass.
- Limeade: Replace lemon with lime juice and lime zest.
- Beet lemonade: 1/4 - 1/2 cup beet juice (best)
Lemonade syrup will store well for up to a month.
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