While the adults sipped on champagne with their roast beef dinner, the children too were delighted with their specially concocted drink - homemade lemonade. Popular in the USA and Canada, lemonade is an uncarbonated drink made from squeezed lemon juice, water, and sugar and garnished with slices of lemon.
This recipe for this old-fashioned lemonade is taken from another cookbook purchase at the BBW Sale - Much Depends on Dinner - am glad I am putting the books to good use instead of just collecting dust. The author suggests the use of organic lemons - presumably cause you are required to peel almost all the rind off and boil it together with the water. Non-organic lemons can contain quite a lot of pesticide on the outer layer.
This is a very refreshing drink, and is perfect for the recent hot weather spell.
Cool and refreshing
Homemade old-fashioned lemonade
Recipe adapted from Much Depends on Dinner - Amy Willcock
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Makes 3 litres
10 organic lemons
250g - 300g caster sugar (or to taste)
1. Peel the lemons with a potato peeler, leaving behind as much of the white pith as possible.
2. Put the peels into a large pot and add the water. Bring to the boil.
3. Put the juice of the lemons and the sugar into a large heatproof container and stir to combine. Pour the boiling water on to the lemon juice and sugar and stir until it is dissolved.
4. Strain out the lemon peel. Cool and serve chilled with lots of ice.