While it’s easy to buy pre-made lemonade, it’s a fun project to try out a traditional recipe and serve family and friends the from-scratch version. This recipe is a real classic: tart, sweet and completely refreshing. We recommend a tall glass with a good novel on a sunny weekend afternoon.
Classic Homemade Lemonade
1 cup sugar
5 cups water, divided
6 to 7 lemons (in the end you want about 1 cup of lemon juice)
Plenty of ice
Fresh thyme for garnish
Combine the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and allow to bubble away until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. This mixture is called simple syrup.
Juice the lemons to make 1 cup of lemon juice.
In a large pitcher, combine the cooled simple syrup and lemon juice. Add remaining 4 cups of water and stir to blend. Taste-test your lemonade. If too sweet, add more lemon juice. If too tart, add an extra teaspoon (or more) of sugar.
Serve lemonade with plenty of ice and a sprig of thyme for a pretty garnish.