Is there anything more refreshing than some homemade lemonade on hot summer days?
This lemonade is the taste of home, and reminds me so much of Auntie Renée, my best friend’s mom, who used to make the best in town. She simply perfected the balance of flavours! Her warm welcome, and her tasty lemonade were one of many reasons that compelled everyone to visit her over and over again.
I am not sure how close my lemonade comes to hers, but I can assure you that it is equally delicious. Why don’t you grab a few untreated lemons from the market near you, follow my easy recipe and make yourself an energizing drink that heavenly combines the sweetness of sugar, the tartness of lemons and the fragrance of orange blossom water?
Limonada - Lemonade
- 500 g untreated lemons rinsed and quartered
- 250 g granulated sugar
- 1.2-1.5 litres cold water
- 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
- Some fresh mint leaves to serve
- Sprinkle sugar over the lemon quarters in a large bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and chill for 6 hours.
- Place a sieve over a second bowl. Transfer the lemon quarters without the sugar to the sieve and squeeze them one by one. Discard the lemons and remove sieve.
- Add 500 ml of cold water to the first bowl with the sugar and stir well to dissolve. Pour the sweet liquid over the lemon juice in the second bowl. Gradually add the rest of the cold water; you might not need all of it. Stir in the orange blossom water.
- Pour the lemonade into a pitcher and chill. Serve with ice cubes and fresh mint leaves.