Here is my quest for homemade lemonade.
My family likes to catch up before Christmas because everyone is so busy & there are so many people to see. Each year we take it in turns to host & everyone brings something to pitch in. We usually just have a BBQ, which makes it pretty stress-free. This year I volunteered to bring some meat, hamburgers & sausages.
From the window, I could see many large lemons hanging over the fence. So I asked my cousin If I could take a few home with me. She offered a bag for me to collect them in but I decided that I didn’t need one.
I squeezed past the water tanks & plants while walking through spider webs to the lemon tree. I couldn’t believe the size of them! They were the biggest lemons that I had ever seen. You certainly don’t get any that big at the supermarket! After pulling a few from the tree I realised that I would most certainly need a bag. Back through the spider webs & past the water tanks than back again with a bag. This time my aunt & my mum decided to join me.
I filled a whole grocery bag with lemons. It was easily 5kg! One last trek through the spider webs, I gave the bag to my little cousin to carry inside. He was impressed by my collection.
My mum suggested that they would probably have quite thick skin but that didn’t bother me. I was more amazed by the amount of juice I got from them. Although I shouldn’t have been so surprised based on their size!
After a little bit of trial and error, I found that a ratio of 1:1:3 of lemon juice, sugar and water works quite well for my taste buds.
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- 200 mL lemon juice
- 250 mL boiling water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 550 mL water
- Add 1/2 cup of sugar to 250ml of boiling water in a heatproof jug, stir to dissolve the sugar
- Allow the sugar water mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes
- Combine lemon juice, sugar water and water in a pitcher
- Serve with ice and lemon slices if desired