The other week I posted about my voyage on cooking with yeast (and BTW, poor Baby Magoo has thrush…again) and the fact that I am trying to be more conscientious about what exactly is in our food. This upcoming week it is supposed to be pretty hot here in New England, so I thought about making lemonade. Now, I grew up just with that lemonade mix – either that or store-bought lemonade…I think we grew up on Veryfine since there was a factory discount store nearby and I can remember sipping the lemonade while sitting on the stairs outside and clicking the metal pop-up top under my thumb. That’s when they were sold in glass bottles – remember those kids?
Anyways, I digress.
I got to thinking – really how hard can it be to make my own lemonade – at least I would know what was in it and it would be fresh, versus those powder mixes. So I searched the internet and found this recepie. Great reviews and easy, I’ll try it!
I gathered my ingredients: lemons, sugar and water – easy enough! I only bought 10 lemons, I like my lemonade sweet.
First I washed and scrubbed all the lemons.
Then sliced them, removing the seeds as I went along.
Three cups of sugar went in next.
Then I dumped it into a bigger bowl, because I was naive and thought I could do it in the tiny bowl I started with…then I mashed and mashed until the sugar was dissolved.
Next I added the 8 cups of cold water. The recipe then called for 4 trays of ice cubes, which I did not have ready. So I filled an empty ice-cube tray with water and measured that – about 2 1/4 cups for one ice-cube tray…multiply by 4 and you add 9 additional cups of water – and mix!
After that I pulled out my gallon pitcher and scooped the lemonade in there, straining out any lemons or lemon peels along the way. It filled the whole pitcher and about three additional glasses – enough for a taste testing party.
This last photo was taken today – as you can see, it is already more than half gone – it is GOOD!
So here is my take on the recipe:
3 cups sugar
17 cups cold water (or 8c water and 4 ice-cube trays)
1. Thinly slice lemons and remove seeds.
2. Mash together in large bowl with 3 cups sugar.
3. Add 17 cups cold water.
4. Strain if desired – leave in punch bowl if it is a party or put in a pitcher(s) for the fridge
Now because I was on a roll yesterday I also decided to make a pitcher of my very favorite summer beverage from a popular coffee chain that begins with an S and ends in an S…Sweetened Passion Iced Tea.
First go to that popular coffee chain and purchase these (sorry the photo is so horrible, but I’m not retaking it), Tazo ICED Passion Tea filter bags.
The directions are right on the back – how convenient!
Boil your water and place the tea bag in your 2 quart pitcher.
Fill your pitcher with 1 quart of your boiled water and let seep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bag and fill the remainder of the pitcher with cold water. My pitcher has a convenient 1qt and 2qt marker on it…so I fill it to the 2qt mark, leaving room for the next ingredient…now this is what makes my Passion Iced tea taste so good…just like the store…
…a simple syrup. Easy to make – 1:1 ratio of water and sugar. If you like it really sweet, heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water together, stirring constantly. I like it sweet, but not too sweet so I used 3/4 cups sugar and 3/4 cups water. Let this cool while your tea is chillin’ in the fridge and when it is good and cool, mix it in with your tea.
I hope everyone had a nice refreshing weekend like myself!
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