I grew up with a huge lemon tree in my backyard. In the summers, my sisters and I would pick these lemons, make lemonade, and sell it (okay, more like give it away...) on our sidewalk for 25 cents a cup. Although these simpler days have gone by, I can conjure up these sweet memories with the right kind of weather and the perfect glass of fresh lemonade:
1. Gather 4 ripe lemons.
2. Cut 3 lemons in half (reserve 1 lemon for garnishing).
3. Squeeze lemons into small bowl.
4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to bowl of fresh lemon juice and stir well.
5. Mix lemon juice mixture into a pitcher of ice cold water (about 4 to 6 cups* depending on how tart you like your lemonade).
*Serves 6 with ice and sliced lemons.
Surprise your guests with one of these twists on the classic:
Watermelon Lemonade: Puree 4 cups of cubed watermelon in a blender and strain through a fine sieve. Mix the strained watermelon juice with the lemonade recipe above. Experiment with honey or agave to sweeten.
Sparkling Mint Lemonade: Replace water with 4 to 6 cups of sparkling water and muddle with 3 tablespoons of crushed mint for a special summer drink.
Lavender Lemonade: Add lavender simple syrup for a sophisticated twist.
Lemonade Sangria: For a more "adult" beverage, add orange juice, dry white wine and sliced fresh fruit (cherries, apples and oranges). This easy cocktail will get you lots of compliments!
What easy warm weather recipes do you whip up to welcome summer?
(Photos by Krizia Sapida)