National Lemonade Day 2015: Cool down with three sweet and tart lemonade recipes

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@flavor574.com

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One of summer’s best pastimes is sitting on a porch swing with a pitcher of sweet and tart lemonade and enough cups to go around. 

Far be it from us to refuse a cold glass of lemonade on a hot afternoon, but making lemonade from scratch is surprisingly easy and much tastier than mix that you add to water. 

In honor of National Lemonade Day on Thursday, Aug. 20, dust off the citrus press and mix a batch of lemonade with plenty of ice. 

CLASSIC HOMEMADE LEMONADE
From Number 2 Pencil

Adjust the amount of sugar or lemon juice slightly for a sweeter or more sour drink, whatever you like. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 3 cups fresh, cold water
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 20 small lemons) 

Directions

  1. Squeeze and strain lemons. 
  2. Combine sugar and water in saucepan and bring to a boil to make a simple syrup. 
  3. Reduce heat and let simmer until sugar is totally dissolved. Let cool. 
  4. Combine syrup with lemon juice and stir well. Refrigerate until chilled. 

COCONUT LAVENDER LEMONADE
From Confectionalism

This pretty purple and yellow drink is perfect all summer long. 

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1¾ cups sugar 
  • 8 cups coconut water 
  • 4 cups water 

For the lavender simple syrup: 

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1½ cups water 
  • 3 tbsp. dried lavender 
  • Violet food coloring 

Directions

  1. Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water and water into a pitcher and shake well until all sugar is dissolved. 
  2. Make simple syrup by combining sugar, water and lavender in saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat and let boil for one minute. 
  3. Remove, cover and let lavender steep for 20 minutes. Strain and add food coloring. 
  4. Set aside to let cool. 
  5. Add half of the simple syrup to the pitcher and stir. 

HONEY MINT LEMONADE
From Foxes Love Lemons

The sweetness of the honey and the cool mint make this a refreshing drink to have on a hot afternoon. 

Ingredients

For mint simple syrup: 

  • ¾ cup granualted sugar 
  • ¾ cup water 
  • ⅓ cup packed, chopped fresh mint leaves 

For lemonade: 

  • 3 cups water 
  • 1½ cups fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tbsp. honey 
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish 

Directions

  1. Make the simple syrup by stirring all ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain, throw away mint and let chill for four hours. 
  2. In a pitcher, stir water, lemon juice, honey and simple syrup. Fill six glasses with lemonade over ice and garnish with fresh mint. 
 
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