Your Perfect Lemonade

The image of people sitting on their front porch sipping lemonade is one we likely owe to movies and commercials. Although, we didn’t do that at my house, we did enjoy a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day.

The thought of lemonade brings to mind memories of my mother’s family reunions. We met at a geographically convenient location for the Georgia and Alabama relatives. It was always in August at a public park with access to a lake and pavilion. My cousin from Birmingham always brought the lemonade. She served it from a tub with a big chunk of ice and slices of lemon floating on the top.

When it comes to great lemonade, you only need 3 ingredients – sugar, water and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Determining the right balance of ingredients makes all the difference in the final outcome. It’s a personal preference, so experiment to make your lemonade suit your taste.

Most lemonade recipes begin with equal amounts of sugar and lemon juice. Begin by making a simple-syrup with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Heat mixture until the sugar melts.  Chill. Once chilled, add 1 cup lemon juice and water. Makes 2 to 3 cups.  Tweak the recipe as needed by adding more water and/or lemon juice to make Your Perfect Lemonade. If you want to dress it up, add a sprig of mint.

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