Lemonade Recipe (Basic Syrup)

What comes to your mind first when you think about Summer. I get reminded of those long summer break, watermelons, cantaloupes, mangoes and lots and lots of heat. Today I get to enjoy everything that belongs to this season but the “Summer Break” (deep breath and rewind…….)
As soon as we finish our last exam, I rush home and start packing my clothes. I literally can’t wait for those few days before we leave to our Parent’s hometown (Yes, The Mango City). I used to get excited about everything, right from packing food, taking an auto to the station, boarding the train, buying  Mango Frooti (a popular drink in India) and other snacks during the 6 hours journey, sitting close to the window and gazing at the sceneries, meeting my relatives and the list grows. If you read my earlier post, you would know how I got pampered by my grandparents, aunts and uncles.

I was the one and only grand kid in the family 😉 so I got all their attention. My Aunt and grandma used to cook everything I loved. Aunt, her friends and I used to visit the near by theaters and catch up the latest movies and I used to eavesdrop their gossips too ;-), though I never understood any of them.  Then my Aunts got married,  my little cousins came into our family and happiness and pampering multiplied. I literally longed to visit my little darling brothers and sisters. Life didn’t stop it moved on and we grew older. Things did not remain the same. My studies and later work prevented me from visiting them often.

I sometimes feel guilty for not taking time and visiting them. I got so engrossed in work and stopped enjoying the little things around me. But yes I have realized it.

There are no more Summer breaks in my life unless I want to take one deliberately. Am I sounding corny huh? Ok, tell me how is summer treating you and what are you doing to beat this heat. I am counting on my swimming pool , summer fruits and lemonade. I am so thankful that I found this excellent recipe in Taste of Home website. This is definitely a keeper.

How it tasted

Well I have already made 4 batches of lemonade  this Summer. It doesn’t stay long in our home. I am sure I will make more before the Summer ends. Having this syrup in refrigerator is a bliss. The sun has been really harsh and it is insanely humid outside. As soon as we get home we mix it up with some * water add some ice cubes and gulp it. OMG, It instantly chills us and the feeling is really really great. The best thing is I can create gazillion flavors out of this basic and “the best” lemonade syrup.

Ingredients

  • Lemon juice – 1 cup (Around 6 -8 large lemons)
  • Water – 1/3 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup (Calorie conscious? Use Stevia or other artificial sweeteners)

Method

  • Wash the lemons thoroughly in running water. Before cutting it into half, place it on a flat surface and roll it with your palm. This will help it to loosen up and yield more juice.
  • Cut the lemons and squeeze the juice. Strain and discard the seeds. Measure. Ensure that you have exactly 1 cup of lemon juice.
  • In a separate sauce pan boil water. When the water starts to roll, remove from heat and add sugar. Stir it well. The water will look cloudy. Thats ok. Keep stirring for a while. Allow it to cool.
  • Then add lemon juice, stir it well.
  • Voila, you have the basic lemonade syrup ready. Now you  can play with it and create gazillion flavors out of it.

A glimpse from my kitchen

  • Wash the lemons thoroughly in running water. Before cutting it into half, place it on a flat surface and roll it with your palm. This will help it to loosen up and yield more juice.

  • Cut the lemons and squeeze the juice. Strain and discard the seeds. Measure. Ensure that you have exactly 1 cup of lemon juice. You can use your hands or citrus juicer or take the help of The Man in your home.

  • In a separate sauce pan boil water. When the water starts to roll, remove from heat and add sugar. Stir it well. The water will look cloudy. Thats ok. Keep stirring for a while. Allow it to cool.

  • Then add lemon juice, stir it well.
  • Voila, you have the basic lemonade syrup ready. Now you  can play with it and create gazillion flavors out of it.

Events : This refreshing lemonade syrup is being sent to Desi Soccer Mom’s Back to Basics event.

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50 comments

  1. Joanne says:

    Fresh lemonade on a warm summer day is one of the best things you can have! Love this recipe. And yeah life without summer vacation is kind of sad, isn’t it?

  2. Nivedita says:

    Hi RV
    You sent me to my childhood and my summer holidays. Thanks for the same.
    And I loved all the clicks. Photos only makes you feel refreshed.
    You can send this to Jaya’s on going event, if you wish to.

  3. Shabitha Karthikeyan says:

    You made me feel nostalgic..Normally we would leave for our native place the night our school gets over and come back the night b4 it reopens..2 months of solid fun..Can’t forget those days..Planning to make a trip during my vacation this year..Lemonade looks so refreshing !!

  4. Mary says:

    This is absolutely beautiful to look at. I’m sure it must be delicious as well. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. girlichef says:

    Oh, so refreshing and delicious- I can almost taste it! This would not last long in our house, either! Thanks so much for stopping by my place…I’m now off to get immersed in yours!! Avocado fries…here I come! 😉

  6. aipi says:

    I got a little nostalgic reading your post.. the lemonade looks perfect.. its really hot outside..i wish i could get my hands on that glass.. :-)

  7. Mary says:

    Your lemonade looks so cool and refreshing that you have me yearning for a glass. If anything is better than your recipes it’s your photos. They and your blog are beautiful. It’s always a pleasure to visit here. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  8. Preeti @ Heart and Mind says:

    Radhika,

    Great to know you through Vaishali’s blog. You seem like a nice memories of your childhood and relatives, those are precious and I love the simple recipe of lemonade. I like your blog style and recipes. Thanks for liking my guest post and commenting there. I simply adore Vaishali.

  9. Mythreyi Dilip says:

    I luv lemonade, its refreshing and makes me energetic during summer. I used to buy 4 to 5 bottles of Simply Lemonade. Ur Lemonade basic syrup recipe gonna save a lot for me dear:)

  10. Jay says:

    Hy dear,

    First time here…Amazing space you have with lovely collection of recipes.
    Fascinating clicks speaks the taste of the yummy recipes. Am your happy
    follower now…:)
    Do drop in at my space sometime.

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