4 cups sugar
2 cups water
pinch of salt
Finely grate or peel the zest of 4 lemons.
Extract juice from lemons to equal 1 cup of fresh lemon juice (depending on size about 4 medium lemons)
Pour the lemon juice, sugar and 2 cups of water into large saucepan. Bring to a light boil and continue cooking until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, add lemon zest and salt to taste.
Cool, store syrup in mason jars in refrigerator.
By the pitcher: Depending on the size of the pitcher, begin with 2 cups syrup to 4 cups water and lots of ice. Adjust to taste. Garnish with slices of lemon or lime, sprigs of mint or lemon thyme. See variations.
- Add frozen saskatoons, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or your favorite fruit.
- Substitute commercial lemonade for a portion of the added water. The added citric acid gives the lemonade a nice kick.
- Add green tea to make green tea lemonade.
"We live in a world where lemonade is made from artificial flavoring and furniture polish is made from real lemons."
- Mad Magazine