Fresh Squeezed Mint Lemonade - Emmalee Elizabeth Design

Fresh Squeezed Mint Lemonade

Sunday, March 27

There’s nothing better than fresh squeezed lemonade in the summer (or anytime for that matter). I know it take a bit more time to make it but it really is worth it. I made some the other day and it didn’t last more than an few hours and it was gone.

I started making fresh squeezed lemonade and limeade when I lived in Guatemala. We had a lemon and lime tree in the garden outside our house. I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s amazing how something so simple can taste so good!

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 cups fresh lemon juice (10-12 large lemons)
1 gallon cold water
1 sliced lemon
Fresh mint leaves

Start by squeezing the juice out of the lemons, being careful not to get any seeds in the juice. Wrapping the lemon half in cheese cloth before squeezing will help catch the seeds.

Next add the sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan. Cook on medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Remove from heat.

Combine the sugar mixture, lemon juice and cold water in a pitch and mix well.  Add slices of lemon and mint leaves and let sit for a while before serving.

Quick tip: Roll the lemons on a counter before cutting and squeezing them. This helps to loosen the juices inside them. It will help you get the most juice out of the lemons with the least amount of effort.

 

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