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Homemade Lemonade

Summertime is beverage season. Our standby is homemade lemonade, jazzed up with fresh herbs, ginger or sliced cucumber. Lemons are classic, of course - but limes and even grapefruit can be added to the mix to shake things up a bit, so to speak.

  1. Lemons
  2. Sugar
  3. Ginger, Cucumber, Rhubarb or Fresh Herbs (Optional)
  1. To make your own lemonade concentrate, bring equal parts freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan. (I usually do a cup of each.) Stir to dissolve the sugar, and if you want to add flavour, grate in some fresh ginger, toss in a few stalks of chopped rhubarb, or a handful of mint, rosemary or thyme, and strain before serving.
  2. Your lemonade concentrate will keep up to a couple weeks in the fridge; to make a pitcher or glass of lemonade, add water or sparkling water to taste, and a handful of ice.
  1. This concentrate also works well with lime juice and makes a fine mojito or addition to a gin & tonic.
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