When we think of summer drinks, fresh-squeezed lemonade always come to mind. There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of cool lemonade on a warm day. This homemade lemonade recipe is a classic and creates one amazing pitcher of tart, slightly sweet and invigorating drink!
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections. They are a wonderful stimulant to the liver and have antiseptic and coagulant properties. Lemons are also a great source potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. This fruits contain the highest concentration of citric acid of any fruit, and this acid has been shown to inhibit kidney stone formation. Therefore, this fruits is extremely beneficial for our body. Drinking freshly squeezed lemonade will provide our body with all the healthy nutrients that this fruit has to offer.
The reason why I shared this recipe is because I found that many lemonade variants are too sweet and very similar to a lemon juice. For me, a good lemonade is tart with just a hint of sweetness so that I can feel the lemon flavor shine thru.
Yield: 6 servings Time: 10 minutes
- 300 ml (1 1/4) freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 5 lemons and 1 lime)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 240 ml (1 cup) water
- 1.5 l (6 cups) sparkling water
- mint for garnish
- In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar until the latter is completely dissolved.
- Add the fresh juice and the sugar water to a pitcher.
- Fill the pitcher with sparkling water, more or less to the desired strength.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes or add ice cubes to your glasses.
- Garnish with mint and slices of lemon and limes.
Enjoy this delicious, fresh lemonade with your friends and family!
Tips and Tricks:
- Taste and adjust to your liking - add a more sugar if you need it or add a little more water if it seems too strong to you.