This Homemade Lemonade for Two couldn’t be easier to make and is everything summer lemonade should be, bright, crisp, sweet, and just the perfect level of tart.
A few weeks ago, I found an old list on my computer that was just titled, “Summer Fun List 2014.” It contained only two things:
- Make a beautiful fruit tart
- Make homemade lemonade
I have zero memory of writing that list and no idea why it stopped at two relatively easy items, but it just goes to show my usual summer priorities: make good food, hydrate in the most summery way possible.
I haven’t made a Summer Fun List 2017 yet, but let’s face it, it’s probably going to start about the same way (though maybe instead of a fruit tart it’ll be S’mores Cupcakes or my favorite Lemon Bars). So in order to preemptively cross one thing off this year’s list, today I’m sharing Homemade Lemonade for Two.
Homemade lemonade is one of my very favorite parts of summer, but I try not to make it unless I know there are going to be lots of people around to share it with since (delicious and spectacular as it is) it’s basically lemon-flavored sugar water, and I really don’t need an entire pitcher to myself.
And that’s why today’s recipe is Homemade Lemonade for Two. It makes one quart, which is about two to four glasses worth, and the perfect amount to satisfy those summer cravings without having you bouncing off the walls from sugar overload.
This version is really everything summer lemonade should be, bright, crisp, sweet, and just the perfect level of tart. I spent a couple weekends testing out different ratios and variations, so I had a nice steady supply of it there for a while, and man do I miss having a container of this in my fridge! For days after I finished the last batch, I would open my fridge and just stare sadly at my lemonade-less shelves. (It was a little pathetic.)
Fortunately for those of us who want to make it all the time, this version of homemade lemonade is really simple to make. You just heat some water and sugar together to make a simple syrup, juice some lemons, and stir all your ingredients together. Adjust the sweetness, serve over a tall glass of ice, and enjoy!
I’ll be sharing a couple fun lemonade variations over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for those!
Homemade Lemonade for Two
- Citrus juicer optional but nice to have
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 2 ⅔ cup filtered water divided, plus more to taste*
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice (2 to 3 medium lemons)
- Mint leaves for garnish optional
- In a small pot, combine sugar and ⅔ cup of the water. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- In a small pitcher or 1-quart jar, combine the sugar water, 2 cups of water and lemon juice. Stir together. Add more water if needed until lemonade is just a little sweeter than your preferred level of sweetness.
- Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy!
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