Sunday, April 20, 2008


This is the old fashioned country way to make lemonade. At first your kids might not like it and insist on your giving them the old tried and true snotty green stuff that comes in a powder. I suggest that before you introduce this marvelous beverage that you simply empty the shelves. Force them to drink a glass. It helps if you make them very thirsty first. I recommend having them do barn chores, or work in the truck patch on a hot saturday morning.

Halve and squeeze enough lemons to make 1 cup of juice. Put the juice and the lemon halves in a large non-reactive pot.

Add 3 cups water and 2 cups sugar. I used raw sugar that had been in a jar with vanilla pods for a long time, but, use any old kind of sugar.

Bring the water, sugar, lemon juice and lemon halves to a rolling boil while stirring constantly. When you're done, it will look like this:

The boiling will release a great deal of pulp, more juice than even the best squeezer can bring out, and the volatile oils from the peel. This is the step that sets this lemonade apart from all others.

It's also the step that gets discarded when they begin to make lemonade on an industrial and commercial level.

Allow the lemon halves to steep in the resulting syrup while it cools to room temperature.

Once cooled, take the lemon halves out of the syrup and squeeze them again into your pitcher. Use a tea strainer to fish out any seeds, while returning the pulp to the syrup. Pour into a pitcher and cut with more water to your taste. Chill.

Serve in tall glasses with plenty of ice and a slice of fresh lemon for garnish.

After they've consumed an entire pitcher of this nectar your kids will start looking at you with hurt expressions if you ever serve that powdered crap again. Even better, they will start bringing their friends over if they are given a glass of the other stuff while visiting.

Keep a steady supply of this in the fridge during the summer and they'll write songs about you.

Mine did.



Blogger somewaterytart said...

When I first scrolled down this page those lemons looked like something really gross and I was like "what the fuck is that shit?!" but then I was like, oh it's just lemons. The end.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous oddjob said...

I can't abide lots of pulp in any citrus drink. However the one time I made lemonade from scratch I found that if I strained the liquid with my cheapy grocery store-purchased strainer I had just the right amount of pulp left in the lemonade.

I also have one suggestion - add a sprig or two (or three? I didn't boil mine and that would make a huge difference in the amount of flavor extracted) of blooming lavender (flowers & all) and fish it out with the lemons (now you know the other reason I strained). It rocks in a very subtle way, adding a quiet, floral background note a sensitive palate will notice without being able to easily identify.

Everyone else will just say it's the best lemonade they've ever tasted.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

oh my!

thank you.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

add a sprig or two (or three? I didn't boil mine and that would make a huge difference in the amount of flavor extracted) of blooming lavender (flowers & all) and fish it out with the lemons

Absolutely. Lemon + lavender is just an incredible flavor combination. I will dig up my limoncello recipe if people want. Lavender is the "secret."

11:34 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I never knew about boiling the lemons, thanks.

What kind of lavender, French or English? I always confuse them.

MB: Any word on baked potato chips?

2:41 PM  
Anonymous oddjob said...

I used English, which I strongly prefer. I find French lavender's odor more - medicinal - for lack of a better word.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous oddjob said...

(or maybe "more akin to rosemary", notably less sweet, in any case)

6:05 PM  
Blogger maurinsky said...

I am going to make this. But I don't think I have a non-reactive pot.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous oddjob said...

You don't have a stainless steel something or other? I could be wrong, but I believe stainless steel is non-reactive.

11:58 AM  

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