Summer and you would think everyone knows how to make Lemonade right?   My mum made lemonade all the time (kept in old Coke bottles) and I wanted my children to experience the joy of having an ice cold glass on a hot summer’s afternoon.  Cookies and Lemonade – the smell and taste of the season.

If life gives you lemons to make lemonade, we need to sweeten it.  Life I mean.  Lemonade I mean.  If you want to drink gill grinding lemonade, keep it simple, but I like the sweetness of the syrup and the acidity of the lemons.  So here is a simple recipe.

900g sugar
1.7l water
3 lemons
30g tartaric acid (or citric)
Grate the zest of the lemons into a big heatproof bowl. Remove and discard the pith. Slice the lemon fruit thinly and add to the bowl (along with juice, pips, the lot).
Add sugar, and 3 pints of boiling water. Stir gently until all the sugar is dissolved.
Cover the bowl and leave (preferably overnight) to cool.
Dissolve your tartaric or citric acid in about 150ml water and add to the mixture – this gives it back the tartness the sugar has overpowered. Stir again.
Strain through a sieve into a clean, empty 2l bottle – you should catch lots of little pieces of lemon peel.
Store in the fridge, use within a week. Dilute like squash to drink.

This recipe is from someone’s mum on Mumsnet who got it from her mum … and so it goes on.  Wish I could find my mum’s but I guess she got it from her mum, who got it from her mum, who got it from her ….

pic c/o gourmetrecipe.com


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