Lemonade is the perfect summer drink.  It is also a fun thing to make with kids.  They can do most of the work with adult supervision.  I admit this is not health food — there is some sugar in it.  But, a bit of lemonade is the perfect special treat for summer.  Plus, it takes some effort to make this so your kids won’t be drinking it everyday.  The first step to making your lemonade is squeezing one cup of fresh lemon juice.  I have a little wooden lemon squeezer that my son likes to use.  There are several different types of hand squeezers that are perfect for kids.  Strain out the seeds (or have them strain out the seeds) when they are done squeezing.

The next step is making a simple syrup. This is simple. You just put a cup of sugar and a cup of water in a small saucepan and heat it over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  This step is one of the only steps that requires close adult supervision; because, it needs to be done over a hot stove.  If you are going to do this with your child be sure to talk to them about how to be safe around the stove.  You can also do this while they are squeezing the lemons and they won’t even notice that they aren’t involved in this step.

Then, combine the juice, the simple syrup, and 3-4 cups of cold water in a pitcher.

Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes.

Share with a friend.  Or, if you double or triple the recipe you could set up a lemonade stand.  But, I have to say that this lemonade is so good that you may not want to sell it.

Ah, homemade lemonade — it is like summer in a glass.

Perfect Lemonade

from simplyrecipes.com

Ingredients

1 cup of sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)

1 cup of water (for the simple syrup)

1 cup lemon juice

3 to 4 cups of cold water (to dilute)

1.  Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2.  While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4-6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.  Strain out the seeds.

3.  Add the juice and simple syrup to a pitcher.  Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength.  Refrigerate for 30 to 40 minutes.  If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Serves 6.

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