¾ cup cold water
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1 litre/quart cold water or seltzer (for sparkling lemonade)
thin lemon or lime slices
fresh mint leaves (optional garnish)
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
1. 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.
2. For one pound of lemons - 1 cup juice - use 1 cup simple syrup.) Combine juice with cold simple syrup in a large pitcher.
3. Add cold water or seltzer. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint if desired.