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Homemade Lemonade

Is there anything more “summer” than a glass of homemade lemonade? No and a refreshing glass of lemonade is about as Mediterranean as you can get.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups water for lemon syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice from 5 - 6 lemons
  • 7 cups water for lemonade


Lemon Syrup

  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel 3 - 4 strips from a fresh, rinsed lemon
  • Put the lemon strips and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium sauce pan over low heat
  • Heat water until the surface just begins to shimmer and wisps of steam begin to form
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar, and whisk briskly until sugar is completely resolved, about two minutes
  • Turn of heat, and set lemony syrup aside while you juice the lemons

Juice Lemons

  • Place half of your lemons in the microwave, and run on high heat for 30 seconds
  • Remove lemons, and roll on work surface, pressing down firmly
  • Cut each lemon in half and remove the juice using a lemon juicer. Reserve juice, and discard seeds
  • Repeat with remaining lemons, until you have 1 1/2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Make Lemonade Base

  • Pour lemony syrup and lemon juice into a quart mason jar and stir to combine
  • Set aside in the refrigerator until cold

Make Lemonade

  • When lemonade base is cold, pour into a 3 quart pitcher
  • Add 7 cups of water (or to taste) and stir to combine
  • Garnish with fresh lemon slices, plus several sprigs of herbs such as mint, lavender, rosemary or basil
  • Serve chilled