02.10.13Lemonade Stand

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Spring has been here for a month now and party season has well and truly arrived. Time to take all those lemons life has dealt you lately… and make some lemonade!

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For traditional lemonade, combine 1 and 3/4 cup of white sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan, bring to the boil then stir to dissolve all sugar. Leave this syrup to cool to room temperature before chilling in the fridge. When ready to serve, combine the chilled syrup with 1 and 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice and another 7 cups of water (make it sparkling water for a bit of extra pizzazz)

 

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If you're entertaining, I love this idea of pre-filling some mason jars with fresh lemonade, pop a lid on and place them in a bucket of ice. 

 

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If traditional lemonade isn't your thing, why not try something a bit different like this recipe, for Fresh Mint and Ginger Lemonade.

 

1/2 cup chopped, fresh mint leaves

1/3 cup chopped, fresh ginger

generous squeeze of honey

2 cups boiling water

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups of cold water

Ice cubes

 

Combine mint, ginger and honey in a bowl with the boiling water. Leave it to work its magic for about half an hour. Strain in to a pitcher, add lemon juice and enough cold water to make about 4 cups in total, or as per your taste preference. When you're ready to serve, pack with ice and voila!

 

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