County Fair Lemonade

Nothing says summer like lemonade. Forget powdered drink mixes – in the heat of summer, you need the real deal. And it’s really not too difficult to pull off. This lemonade isn’t too tart or too sweet, but simply the pure essence of lemon – just like the good stuff you can get every year at the county fair.

6-8 large lemons (for 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups juice)

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 cup of boiling water

1 1/2 cups sugar

8 cups cold water

First up, make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar and lemon zest in the boiling water. Let it cool down a bit while you juice your lemons. If you don’t have a juicer, no big deal. Roll each lemon on the counter a few times, which will help you get all the juice out. Cut each lemon in half and squeeze it over a measuring cup. You can put the lemon half inside of pair of kitchen tongs if you need to in order to get more leverage and squeeze out every last drop of juice. Strain your lemon juice into your simple syrup and then whisk that into your cold water. Chill in the fridge. When it’s nice and icy cold, top up a glass with a ice cubes and fill it up! Summer time in a glass.