The Heat of Summer is Here!

Yay! I’ve been very busy getting my husband to put in my garden, fix my flowerbeds, and do the mulching. 8 cubic yards of dirt later I have 2- 10×10 raised garden beds. There are 20 bags of red mulch ready to go. My outdoor pots are filled with beautiful flowers and lush green plants. There is still a lot of work to do, but it’s coming along. My back does not permit me to do any of the heavy stuff, but my amazing husband is doing it for me!

Ok…. hot weather, sunny days, picnics, cookouts, days at the beach….. all of these call for a giant plastic pitcher of lemonade! Not the powder… not frozen in a can…. but real, freshly squeezed lemonade!

I have an electric citrus juicer (yes of course it is a Kitchen Aid!) but I also have a hand juicer. I only use that when squeezing one or two lemons. In this case, we will be squeezing 20 to 25 lemons. Makes ya pucker just thinking about it!

First you need to make some simple syrup. I squeeze my lemons and put all of that in one pitcher, make the syrup and put it in another pitcher, and refrigerate overnight. The next day you put everything together and it’s icy cold, ready to go. I have a 2 gallon plastic jug with a spigot on it, which is perfect for carrying the lemonade wherever I need to go.

To make simple syrup, all you have to do is dissolve 4C sugar into 6C water in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring, til all the sugar dissolves. Let it cool, pour it into a pitcher, cover it in plastic, refrigerate, and Boom! Simple syrup!

Now, get out whatever citrus squeezing device you have. My Kitchen Aid does 25 lemons in 10 minutes, strains seeds and as much or little pulp as you want. It really can’t be beat. If you are doing it by hand, strain it well, and add some pulp back in as you like. Pour it in a pitcher, cover with plastic, and refrigerate.

When ready to serve, I half-fill my 2 gallon container with ice. Pour in all the lemon juice. Pour in 8C water. Now, add about 3/4 of the syrup. Gotta taste it! If it’s too puckery, add more syrup. You can add a bit more water if it’s strong, but melting ice should take care of that.

Alrighty then! You just made a pitcher of homemade lemonade! Once you taste it, the fake stuff will never again suffice!

Happy Summer!

Love, Grammy ❤

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