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Vintage Lemonade

Is there something deep in your soul that longs for simpler times?  Do you imagine yourself in the Country Time commercial, swinging from a tire swing over a lake in the hazy heat of summer?  Forget the powdery mix, we have found the authentic taste of summer.   

Pookah and I mixed up this delicious old-fashioned version and the pitcher was empty in no time.  It’s more of a technique, really, that can be altered to your taste.  Isn’t that really the best “recipe” anyway? 

Put your own “twist” on this one.

First, wash the lemons, then use a vegetable peeler to carefully remove the yellow skin of 5 lemons.  Avoid the white pith as much as possible.  You can use a zester as a quick alternative, but it will require more straining later on.

grate or peel the lemon rind

This step makes your home smell so fresh! 

Sprinkle 1-1/2 Cup granulated sugar over the lemon rinds and allow it to sit for 1 hour until the sugar has absorbed the lemon oil.  Resist the urge to stir or squeeze the lemon peels.

Boil 5 cups of water and pour over the lemon peel/sugar mixture and allow to sit for 20 minutes.  Again, resist the urge to stir, just let them steep.

Meanwhile, squeeze and strain the juice from your lemons.

Remove the lemon peel from the hot water mixture and discard.  Add in the juice.  Now taste and adjust water and sugar according to your personal taste.  The lemon oil from the peels give the drink a bit of a sour touch, which creates a unique depth of flavor that can’t be found in those powder mixes.  

Enjoy with a big straw hat and someone special.

For pink lemonade, puree a handful of strawberries or raspberries and pour the puree through a sieve when adding to the lemonade.

For HOT PINK lemonade, we used blueberries. 

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