When Life Gives You Lemons…

when life gives you lemons

when life gives you lemons

You know the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  This is great advice for everyone who has lemon trees and finds themself with copious amounts of citrus loading down their trees this time of year.

This is a quick, easy, and yummy way to use up several lemons.  This recipe makes enough syrup for 12-14 glasses of lemonade. The syrup can be stored for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator (if you can keep people from drinking it that long).  They syrup is added to ice and water to make the lemonade. Here’s what you will need to make the syrup:

1 ½ c lemon juice (10-12 lemons)

1 ½ c sugar

1 ½ c water

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and sugar.  Bring to a boil and stir for about 5 minutes, until all the sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.
  2.  Juice enough lemons to make 1 ½ c of lemon juice.
  3.  Add the lemon juice to the cooled simple syrup.
  4.  Put the lemonade syrup in an airtight container until ready to use.

When you are ready to enjoy a glass of lemonade, mix  ¼ c of lemonade syrup with ¾ c cold water. Add ice, a wedge of lemon and a sprig of mint to make it extra fancy.  For a different twist, try adding sparkling water instead of regular water.

Enjoy!

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