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
Make the best ice cold Old Fashioned Lemonade with this simple lemonade concentrate recipe. The homemade concentrate will last all summer in the refrigerator, and is perfect to create a variety of delicious lemonade flavors!
- 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 in the refrigerator.
It will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or place the container in a warm water bath for 30 minutes or so to defrost.
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