Now that winter is gone and spring has moved in, the weather outside will be warmer and more hospitable for those wishing to while away the time on a porch. Put away the hot chocolate. Put on a pair of shorts and a comfy pair of flip flops.
Southerners love two drinks above all others: sweetened tea and lemonade. Both have come to personify Southern life: sweet and refreshing. Here is a recipe for old-time lemonade that is sure to make the tranquil breezes that much more relaxing. Enjoy, y’all!
- Zest of two lemons, in thick strips
- Juice of 6-8 lemons
- 2 cups sugar
- 7 cups water
In a medium sized saucepan, heat sugar, 2 cups water and zest over medium heat. Bring to a lively simmer, not a boil, for about 8-10 minutes or until the syrup becomes a light yellow color from the zest. Turn off heat.
In a large pitcher, add lemon juice. Strain syrup with a mesh sieve into the pitcher to catch zest. Pour in remaining water. Taste for sweetness and tartness. Too sweet? Add water. Not enough tartness? Juice another lemon.
Serve with ice.
(taken from Sweet Tea and Thyme)