Friday, July 5, 2013
Look for lemons that feel heavy for their size and give them a good sniff. They should smell lemony, not waxy. I use my citrus handheld juicer to juice the lemons, but you could use a reamer, a fork and your brute strength, or if you have an automatic juicer, you could use that. I've found that 6-7 good sized lemons produces about a cup of lemon juice.
1 cup sugar or less, depending on your taste...I usually use only 1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup water
1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
3-4 quarts water
1. In a non-reactive saucepan, combine the sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a low boil and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Turn off the heat and transfer the lemon concentrate to a glass jar and allow to cool to room temperature. Put on a lid and store in the fridge until ready to use.
3. When ready to use, pour half of the concentrate in a pitcher and add water to taste. I usually use 2-3 quarts of water to 1/2 the concentrate, but add according to how sweet your like your lemonade.