February 07, 2004

A Sweet and Sour Sensation

Sometimes walking around the supermarket can inspire me to do things I've never done before or haven't done in a while.

I was in the A&P produce department this morning picking out grapefruit and tomatoes when I noticed - out of the corner of my eye - a bag of lemons. "That's it," I resolved, "dag nab it, I'm making lemonade!"

I haven't done this in probably 12 or 13 years, but it's so easy. There are only three ingredients: lemons, water and sugar.

Here's what I do:

Squeeze the bejeezus out of six lemons. That should give you a good cup and a half of lemon juice.

Dump the lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water into a large pitcher..

In a small sauce pan bring 1 cup of water, 1 cup of suger and the cut up rinds of two of the lemons to a boil.
Let it boil for a minute or two.

Strain the sugar water (discard the rinds) into the pitcher.

Chill it for a few hours in the fridge. Drink. Swoon. Repeat.

I like my lemonade lemony and some might prefer less lemon juice. You might wanna try it with 5 lemons, but, at the very least, you should have 1 cup (about 4 lemons) of lemon juice.

Sure, it's easier to buy lemonade in a carton or can of concentrate, but there's something special about the taste of the fresh, pure and simple fruit of one's own loin labor.


Posted by Tuning Spork at February 7, 2004 07:09 PM

Lemon is the best. After making anything that involves fresh lemon juice I usually eat the pulp.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at February 8, 2004 01:41 PM

Lemon is to Mookie as catnip is to cat.

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