by Gay Cook

Fresh lemonade made from scratch at home, creates a truly delicious fresh tasting drink that is loved by all ages. It’s extra special if there are several stalks of fresh mint clipped from the garden or available at the market and added to the pitcher of lemonade. The mint oils compliment the lemon taste.

1. The perfect lemonade recipe begins by squeezing the juice from fresh lemons. Be sure the 4 or 5 fresh lemons are at room temperature to make the squeezing of the lemons so much easier. To loosen the juice insde the lemon, firmly roll the lemons between your hand and the counter or table top before cutting the lemon in half. Squeeze the juice from
lemons to make 1 cup (250 ml) fresh lemon juice.

2. Pour the juice into a large pitcher or gallon-size pitcher along with 3/4 to 1 cup (175 to 250 ml) white sugar and several stalks of fresh mint.

Add 3 cups (750ml) cold water along with 2 cups (500 ml) ice cubes. Leave the pitcher in the refrigerator for several hours, stirring often to mix the sugar that falls to the bottom of the pitcher. Adjust with more cold water to total the amount of 6 cups (6 litres) lemonade and ice cubes.