Soulful Summer - Old Fashioned Lemonade

Love the morning light in my kitchen

Well if I did not  feel it was Summer last week all my doubts are now gone with multiple deep South days in the high 90's and it's just the first of June!  With all that hot weather there is little that is more refreshing  than Old Fashioned Lemonade.

Of course you can grab a container of the powered drink mix that many who were children of the 70's grew up on  or you can reach a little further back and make a real treat for sipping on the front porch during these sweltering days.

The kid's refer to this as Mama's Old-School Lemonade and while not quick it does reward you with a depth of mellow flavor that you will not get from the powdered mix.

You will need:
White Sugar - 2 cups
Water- 2 cups
4-6 lemons, juiced, + 1 extra
Lemon extract
Worlds smallest pinch of salt
Ice- lots of it!

To begin you are going to make a simple syrup. This step is not optional in this version... so carry can do this!  In a medium sauce pan add the sugar and the water and cook on low till all the crystals are dissolved 3-5 minutes. Let this cool till it's at least touchable, 15- 30 minutes.  After the syrup is cool add the juice of 4-6 lemons.  Also add 1 teaspoon of lemon extract and a 1/2 of a pinch of salt. Mix it up and make sure that the salt dissolves.

Now fill a pitcher will ice, lots of ice, like 3/4 of the way full and pour in the 3/4 of the syrup  mixture.  Stir it up and then fill the rest with water leaving it about  1inch low.  Now taste.. too sweet?.. add a bit more lemon juice, not sweet enough?.. add more syrup and a tiny bit more salt. ( Salt brings out the sweet when used in small amounts and it blends well with sweet, that is why Salted Caramels are so goooooood!)

Serve this up in tall glasses and enjoy on a front porch or back deck near you!

What are you dong to enjoy a Soulful Summer?  Want to share?


Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

MMMMmmm I love homemade lemonade. Which reminds me I need to make more simple syrup to go with the fresh mint I planted...which both go well for a mint julep. Am I Southern yet?

Stitchfork said...

Reaaallly thirsty now....
xo Cathy