Homemade Lemonade is quick to whip up and perfect on hot summer days. When I was a kid, I thought homemade lemonade was a quintessential American drink that kids sold on their front lawn for 5 cents a cup. I've recently learnt that lemonade can be quite sophisticated; still or carbonated, pink or adults only! I even managed to make a Lemonade slushie; completely by accident! Any way you do it, it's amazing, I can't wait to make lemonade again!
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
3/4 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 litres soda water, chilled
Kaffir lime leaves or mint leaves and ice, to serve
Step 1- Place lemon juice, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar has dissolved.
Step 2 - Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes then remove from heat and allow to cool.
Step 3 - Place kaffir lime leaves or mint leave in the bottom of a large jug. Top with 2 cups ice and pour cooled lemon juice over ice. Top with enough soda water to make two litres, or to taste, ensuring you stir gently but well.
Still water can be used in place of soda water for an uncarbonated beverage. For pink lemonade, stir through 1/4 cup raspberries, that have been pureed and strained (to remove seeds), once lemon juice has been taken off the heat. For an adults only version, add some vodka or white rum in place of some of the soda water.
I have a very cold spot in my fridge that started to freeze my soda water, turning it into a slushie consistency. This did make the lemonade even more amazing, so if possible, crush your ice well before adding it to the jug.
Depending on how you juice your lemons, they may need to be passed through a fine sieve to remove the pulp and smaller seeds.