Once Summer rolls around I am ready for some good lemonade. I grew up drinking Southern Sweet Tea because Daddy is from Texas and that is how he liked it. In the Summer, Mom added lemonade to the repertoire. She used equal parts lemon juice and sugar and added water to taste. But the lemon juice she used was from that green bottle and a few weeks ago I bought a Costco-sized bottle of the stuff and brought it home. Unfortunately I didn’t read the label until I got home, sodium benzoate. Ugh. So no more of that until more studies are done. But lately I have made other versions of lemonade that I have come to love.
Giada’s Italian Lemonade is fantastic if you are a basil lover and by July I hope to have plenty of basil for just that. This lemonade is refreshing but I did add much more water than she called for in the recipe.
Now if you want a lemonade that is quick to make and full of pucker power then may I fill you in on Laylita’s Limonada. Whole lemons or limes tossed in the blender with some water and sugar and zingo a lemonade that could be president, or beat the Red Sox in the World Series, or put hair on your back. This is not for wimps, it is as if you are eating the entire fruit. Sweet, sour and bitter all rolled into one big delicious gulp. I do use one cup of sugar instead of a half cup. I’m a wimp, I know.
Old Fashioned Lemonade was given to me by a book club friend, who on her 52nd birthday went sky diving and has never turned back. She has 563 jumps and just became a member of the Pink Mafia Sisterhood by passing a Barbie Doll during a free fall with a current PMS member. I wonder how many Barbie Dolls have been harmed in the making of members? Jennifer is PMS #591. On to the lemonade. This lemonade has to be the smoothest tasting lemonade ever. It uses whole lemons as well but in a different way. First a lovely and very fragrant lemon sugar has to be made which I think I will try in a pound cake some day. Sound good? I think so. So see the recipe below for this sweet and lemony concoction that takes a little time but is very worth it.
Old Fashioned Lemonade
3 large or 4 medium Lemons
1 cup Sugar
1 quart hot Water
Peel the rinds from the lemons with a paring knife and cut them into 1/2 inch slices. Be sure not to get the pithy white parts. Pithy is a funny word. Set the lemons aside. Place the rinds in a mixing bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let stand for one hour (or all day!) so that the sugar begins to soak up the lemon oil. After the hour is up carefully pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds. Allow the mixture to cool for 20 minutes. Squeeze the lemons into a strainer over a two-quart pitcher. Pour the sugar mixture through the strainer into the pitcher. Throw away the rinds. Add ice and water to fill the pitcher. Stir the mixture well every time you pour a glass. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with ice cubes and it’s just delicious on a hot summer day!
Thanks Layla for the Limonada recipe, I give you a Standing Ovation!