2 cups water
½ cup sugar
½ cup fresh lemon juice
Make a simple syrup by heating ½ cup of water and ½ cup sugar in a small pot. Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Mix ice into the simple syrup. Add lemon juice and remaining water, mix into a pitcher or jar and stir. Add water to taste. Serve immediately or chill.
Mix it up!
An easy way to mix up this recipe is by making an infused simple syrup! For example if you wanted to make lavender lemonade, when heating the water and sugar, simply add 1/2 a tablespoon of dried lavender. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from heat and let the lavender steep for 10 minutes (or longer if you prefer a stronger infusion) then strain the syrup. With infused simple syrups the flavor possibilities are endless! Try using some sweet summer fruits like peaches, blueberry lemonade or even add an herb taste with strawberry basil!