One of the nice things about heading west during the winter is the beautiful California sunshine. Well that and the fact that my parents have two lemon trees in the backyard.
And lemon trees of course equate to my sister Morgan’s family-famous lemonade.
I thought about saving this for a more seasonably-appropriate post for those of us actually experiencing winter weather, but honestly who doesn’t want a little taste of summer in the dead of winter? And this recipe is so easy, you’ll be envisioning yourself beach side in no time.
- 6 lemons
- 1 cup of sugar
- 6 cups of water
- small sauce pan
After rolling the lemons on the counter top to get the juices flowing, Morgan halved them and began juicing the old fashioned way. (No fancy schmancy juicers here!)
After juicing, Morgan created a simple syrup by heating the water with the cup of sugar over medium heat. It only took a few minutes for the sugar to melt down, and doing so eliminated any grittiness from the dissolving sugar.
Because M is of the anti-pulp lemonade camp, she chose to pour the juice through a sifter before mixing the lemon juice with the syrup, but that step is definitely not necessary if you don’t mind a little pulp.
Got your beach towel ready? It’s officially summertime. Now, somebody go grab me some vodka.