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Fresh Lemonade/Fresh Limeade

A tangy thirst quencher."

Ingredients

3/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1 litre/quart cold water or seltzer (for sparkling lemonade)
ice cubes
thin lemon or lime slices
fresh mint leaves (optional garnish)


Instructions

Combine the cold water and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool. (This is called a "simple syrup", and can be prepared ahead in quantities and kept refrigerated. For one pound of lemons - 1 cup juice - use 1 cup simple syrup.)
Combine juice with cold simple syrup in a large pitcher. Add cold water or seltzer.
Serve in tall glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint if desired.

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Servings

Makes about 2 quarts

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 80 (0% from fat) • carb. 21g • pro. 0g fat 0g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg . sod. 5mgcalc. 5mg • Vit. C 14mg (23% DV ) • fiber 0g