Classic Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups water
  • 6 lemons
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Combine in saucepan 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, rind of 2 lemons, cut into pieces
  2. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Boil about 7 minutes. Cool.
  4. Add 1 cup lemon juice (5-6 lemons) 4 cups ice water.
  5. Pour over ice in pitcher or tall glasses.

(Recipe from Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook, 1950) 

Spicy Strawberry-Jalapeño Lemonade 

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled and split into quarters lengthwise
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, cut into 4 pieces
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup fresh juice from 5-6 lemons
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 quart ice 

Directions:

  1. Combine strawberries, jalapeño slices, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and toss to coat. Let rest for 30 minutes. 
  2. Remove and discard jalapeño slices. Set aside 1 cup of macerated strawberries for garnish.
  3. Transfer remaining strawberries and any exuded juices and syrup into a blender.
  4. Add lemon juice. Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Discard solids. Add reserved strawberries and cold water and whisk to combine.
  6. Add ice. Serve in ice-filled glasses garnished with a strawberry and a jalapeño slice. 

(Recipe from www.seriouseats.com)