Today we headed down to Hampton Beach for the annual Master Sand Sculpting Classic. It was a lot of fun and the sand sculptures were amazing! You can see the pictures in my post, Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic. It’s hard to believe the things that people can make out of sand! It has definitely motivated me to try making a sandcastle of my own this summer. But right now I want to share with you my favorite way to stay cool in the heat. This recipe for fresh-squeezed lemonade is the perfect summertime treat! It’s not too sweet and not too tart, just really refreshing!
No matter how you decide to spend your day, nothing will quench your thirst quite like an ice cold glass of lemonade. So as you set off on all your summertime adventures, don’t forget to kick back and relax afterwards with this simple yet delicious treat!
To make your own pitcher of lemonade, start by making a simple syrup. You can do this by bringing two cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 3/4 cup sugar and stir until it is dissolved. It’s important not to make it too sweet, or it will overwhelm the declicous, citrus taste of the lemons. Next, transfer the simple syrup to a pitcher and set aside while you juice the lemons. A nice citrus press makes quick work of juicing the lemons. Trying to do it by hand will be tedious and you will not juice efficiently.
You only need about 5 lemons to make 2 quarts of lemonade. You can slice up an extra lemon for garnish and add to the lemonade for cookouts, BBQ’s and all your summertime gatherings!
Lastly, add the lemon juice to the simple syrup and then add in 6 more cups of water. Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients. Let chill for several hours before serving. Happy Summer!