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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lemonade and Cocktails

So I have a concern at times about the effects of high fructose corn syrup on my family. But truly, we don't drink soda, at least not on a regular basis, so that knocks out the number one source of it for most people.

But my husband and my daughter both love lemonade. Any brand, any variety, canned, bottled, cartonned, pouched, what-have-you. And I bought this great new book, that had this super easy recipe for lemonade. And summer is starting to be upon us, here in Georgia, so it seems like it 'tis the season.

The book, by the way, is called "Back to Basics: Traditional Kitchen Wisdom." Edited by Andrea Chesman. It's got very straight-forward advice about canning and preserving food, if you're into that sort of thing but don't know exactly where to start (like me.)

Recipe for Lemonade from the book:
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 c. lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
3-4 c. cold water

1. Make the syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until dissolved. Meanwhile, squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl.
2. In a pitcher, combine the juice and the syrup. Add the cold water. Refrigerate 30-40 minutes. Serve with ice. Serves 6.

The way I did it:
Juice 6 lemons in the juicer. Didn't make quite enough juice. Ooops. Juice a pink grapefruit to go with it. Make simple syrup as directed. Mix all ingredients in pitcher. Refrigerate. Serve to family. On following night, mix with gluten-free vodka and enjoy.

I rarely blog about cocktails, but sometimes a nice one can help an evening be more relaxing. So cheers!

Oh, and if you are someone interested/concerned about high fructose corn syrup, there is a recipe or two in the book about making your own soda. From scratch!

1 comment:

  1. that sounds really good. I think I would make this and add the pink grapefruit in on purpose.