On a grey, cool morning just the other day I decided it was time to pick the first lemons from our tree. Big, bulbous fruit had been ripening on the branch for a few weeks and the lemons looked and felt just right. If you’ve been around here for a little while, you’ll know I love pretty much anything lemon-flavoured and normally when our tree bears fruit I gravitate towards making a dessert. After trawling recipe after recipe though, I just couldn’t find anything that really whet my appetite. Then one night I got a real hankering for proper old fashioned lemonade. The type that’s a cloudy lemon colour and not too sweet. The type you’d drink out of a straw from a nice glass, sitting under a tree on a sunny day while picnicking, Enid Blyton The Famous Five style. Again I trawled through recipes until I found one that had minimal ingredients and could easily be rustled up with little notice.
The end result hit the spot perfectly…
The recipe I chose to follow was from U.K. supermarket chain, Tesco, which gave me faith my British picnic fantasy for this drink would be fulfilled. I wasn’t disappointed.
What you’ll need
- 90ml of sugar syrup
- 150ml of lemon juice (three medium sized lemons from my tree)
- Sparkling water
- One extra lemon sliced
- Mint, to garnish (optional)
How to do it
- Start by making your sugar syrup. Combine 200g of caster sugar with 250ml of water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a small jug and then allow to cool. The leftover sugar syrup can be stored in the fridge for use later. In our case, for another jug of lemonade a few days later ;).
- In a jug, combine your sugar syrup, lemon juice (I strained mine through a sieve after juicing to remove any pulp and seeds) and sparkling water (the 500ml I added to my jug gave a nice, strongly lemon flavoured drink – but add more or less depending on taste preferences). Add sliced lemon to your jug and individual glasses, and serve icy cold with a few mint sprigs, if you so desire. I didn’t have any mint on hand, so there was none in my drinks!
It’s such a simple recipe, but it really tastes very special. I think a home made soft drink would be a lovely addition to any gathering of friends or family. A lovely jug full of bubbly lemonade certainly looks a lot more appealing than a plastic bottle of something store bought. You could also easily use this recipe as a base for a cocktail. Perhaps with a nip of gin and maybe some lime juice or perhaps even ginger? Yum.
If you’ve got a couple of lemons begging to be used up in the fruit bowl, give this recipe a go – I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Have a wonderful week.