How To: Make lemonade

Make lemonade

There's nothing like a glass of ice cold lemonade on a hot day.

You Will Need

* 10 lemons
* A fork
* A manual juicer
* Water
* Sugar
* A strainer or cheesecloth
* Lemon zester
* Lemon peels

Step 1: Prepare the lemons
Wash the lemons, prick their skins with a fork, and microwave them on high for about 30 seconds. This will loosen the juice.

Step 2: Soften them up
To further soften them, roll each lemon on a hard surface, like a cutting board, with the palm of your hand.

Step 3: Squeeze the juice
Cut the lemons crosswise in half and twist them on the juicer to release the juice.

Step 4: Remove the pits
Remove any seeds from the juice.
Tip: If you prefer your lemonade without pulp, strain the juice through a strainer or cheesecloth.

Step 5: Boil water
Heat half a cup of water on the stove. When it reaches a boil, add one and a half cups of sugar, lower the heat, and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Step 6: Add fresh lemon juice
Remove the syrup from the heat and add your freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Tip: Add a tablespoon of grated lemon zest for an extra kick.

Step 7: Mix with cold water
Add four and a half cups of cold water to the lemon and sugar syrup. Mix thoroughly.

Step 8: Chill the lemonade
Chill the lemonade, or serve it immediately in glasses of ice with a twist of lemon.

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