The Dog Days of summer – the “hottest, most sultry” days of the year – are well upon us here in Central Pennsylvania. And every mom out there knows what that means: “Mom? Can we do a lemonade stand?” “Sure,” I say – well, mostly I say “no,” but on this particular day, what the heck! School’s been out for almost two months, and we’re all getting a little antsy.
By now you know I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to certain things — work, food, life in general — so while I agreed to this lemonade stand, there are certain standards I uphold, most importantly: there will be none of this lemonade mix stuff. We make our lemonade from natural ingredients: lemons, sugar, and water.
The recipe is simple:
- Wash 2 lemons, cut off and discard the ends, then slice.
- Place 1 cup of sugar in the bottom of a 2-quart pitcher.
- Place the lemons in with the sugar, and mash the lemons until the juice is released. (I use the flat end of a wooden rolling pin to do this.)
- Add ice, then water to the top of the pitcher.
- Stir and serve immediately over more ice.
If you are figure conscious, you can substitute 1 cup of Splenda® or another sweetener of your choice for the sugar. I’ve used Splenda® several times, and it works just fine. Also, my sister-in-law tells me she uses 3 lemons and 2 oranges for nice flavor. I haven’t tried this, but I’m guessing that makes 1 gallon of lemonade … you’d need to adjust the sugar to taste.
Looking for other citrusy treats for summer? Here are links to two more of my favorites:
Stay cool out there, my friends … conservare in luogo fresco.
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