Friday, September 14, 2012

Best Fresh Lemonade

Good afternoon, dear Reader! It's a clear 68 degrees here in Redwood City, California, where the sun shines most all the time. Actually, the city's motto is "Climate Best by Government Test," as it once tied for world's best climate (with the Canary Islands and North Africa's Mediterranean Coast). Great job, little Redwood City!

Well, dear Reader, it's not that I don't enjoy the utopian weather - the crystal blue skies, the cotton candy clouds, the warm sun on my skin softened by a perfect breeze. But it's September. I've lived all my life in the Midwest, where September is the transition month to fall. It's supposed to be getting... fall-y-er - you know, with the chilly nights, the crisp mornings, and the leaves just beginning to turn?

Anyway I suppose I can't complain about getting to do more summer things, including indulging in the refreshing tastiness of perfect lemonade. So here we are with my new favorite lemonade recipe:

Best Fresh Lemonade - makes 1/2 gallon

1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 cup lemon juice
7 cups cold water
lemon slices, for garnish
fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Boil 3/4 cup water. Remove from heat, add sugar, and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate to cool. Once cooled, transfer to pitcher. Stir in 1 cup lemon juice and 7 cups cold water.
Garnish with lemon and mint.