Old Fashioned Lemonade
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 sauce pan. 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 fresh 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 read 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 a 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.
“…Anne had brought glasses and lemonade for her guests, but for her own part drank cold brook water from a cup fashioned out of birch bark…Anne thought it more appropriate to the occasion than lemonade.”