August 28, 2006

Making Lemonade

All week Ken had been promising Kate they would make lemonade from scratch over the weekend. And as we all know Friday runs into Saturday and Saturday runs into Sunday and before we know it the weekend is practically over. But a promise is a promise. So after we got home from the Family Fest Ken prepared a "talk show" lemonade demonstration, while I gave Kate her bath. By the time Kate was dressed and ready to make lemonade Ken already had the sugar syrup ready and all but one lemon squeezed. He left that lemon for Kate.

Although it was the quickie approach to making lemonade, Kate really enjoyed the process -- the squeezing, pouring, mixing and, of course, the tasting. The final product tasted a whole lot better than that freshly squeezed lemon juice. Yum. Yum.

I found the "Perfect Lemonade" recipe somewhere online. I don't remember where exactly in order to link or credit it. (sorry) Anyway here it is if you are curious....

Remember the starting proportions - 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice.

The secret to perfect lemonade is to start by making sugar syrup, also known as simple sugar. Dissolving the sugar in hot water effectively disperses the sugar in the lemonade, instead of having the sugar sink to the bottom.

In a small saucepan heat the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved completely. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add around 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 mintues.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons. Serves 6. Cheers!
Posted by Jean-Marie at August 28, 2006 10:26 AM
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