Homemade Lemonade Base
This is a super simple idea (and not mine). My mom taught me house to do this, mason jar and all, in girl scouts and they were the troop mother’s day gifts one year. It’s a great hostess gift for a party, too because it doesn’t take up that much room in the fridge and will survive a few hours on the counter if it ends up sitting out. It’s also a clever thing to bring as a gift when bringing kids to a mostly grown-up party. This also doubles as a cocktail base.
It is lemonade in its simplest form: simple syrup + freshly squeezed lemon juice. Ginger, lavender or mint could be added to fancy things up. I even like a few drops of peppermint essential oil for a super refreshing drink.
Makes 1 Pint
lemons, freshly juiced to make 1 cup (about 4-5 small)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
- Make simple syrup by putting sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring periodically.
- Once sugar is dissolved (everything in the pan looks like a clear liquid), cook for two more minute
- Then pour in to a jar to cool in the fridge.
- Meanwhile, juice the lemons
- After the simple syrup is cooled, pour lemon juice in to jar through a strainer. Unless you like super pulpy lemonade, then just pour it all in unstrained.
- Keep the lemonade base in the fridge for up to a week or so.
- To make lemonade, shake the lemonade base in the jar, pour 1/4 cup of lemonade base into a glass, add 1/2 of water and ice. Stir.
- The ratio is 2:1 for water:lemonade base, expand at will.