I mentioned lemonade yesterday…make yours homemade with a simple syrup. It’s just so much better than pre-made lemonades or even homemade lemonade with plain sugar. You can also make batches of lemonade syrup to dilute later. Alternatively, try making your lemonade with honey instead of white sugar. Read below for recipes…

Lemonade made with simple syrup:

This makes about a gallon, so have a large pitcher handy (or, read below for condensed lemonade syrup). First, in a saucepan, combine 1-3/4 cups white sugar and 2 cups water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. In your pitcher, combine 1-1/2 cups lemon juice and 6 cups water. (If you squeeze the lemon juice yourself, it will be about 10 lemons.) Add the sugar-water mixture (simple syrup) and refrigerate until cooled. You can also have the simple syrup pre-made and chilled in advance.

Condensed lemonade syrup:

Make the simple syrup by combining 1-3/4 cups white sugar and 2 cups water as described above. When the sugar is melted, add 1-1/2 cups lemon juice. This is your lemonade base that you can keep in the refrigerator. When you are ready for lemonade, combine 1 part lemonade base with 1 part cold water.

Lemonade made with honey:

Combine the following: ½ cup honey, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3 cups water. Taste, then add up to 1 cup more water if needed.

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