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Last summer I squeezed lemons every morning to make fresh lemonade, so this year I’m planning ahead, and I’ve come up with this great lemonade concentrate recipe. It takes a little patience while making it, but then it can be preserved in jars and makes a great gift or handy to have on hand all summer, and is a great way to take advantage of any lemons you might find on sale.
Zest of 3 Lemons
1 1/2 C. of Lemon Juice (about 7 or 8 lemons)
1 1/2 C. of Sugar
1 1/2 C. of Water
1) Combine lemon juice, sugar & zest in a pot, heat and stir till simmering. Don’t let it boil! It’ll get bitter.
2) Strain out lemon zest, unless you like your lemonade pulpy.
3)Add water. Or don’t. I haven’t entirely made my mind up on this one, it’s just ridiculously concentrated without it.
Voila! To preserve I used sterilized jars, and hot water bathed for 10 mins. Or you can stash it in the fridge where it’ll be good for at least a month.
To Consume: Cut it 1 part to 3 parts water or soda water over lots of ice, or with less or no ice over 4 or 5 parts water or soda water.
It would probably be great in cocktails too….