Lemonade needs more than just lemons, water, and sugar. It also needs the right technique to make it perfect. Instead of just mixing the ingredients together, make a sugar syrup first. That way you will never have sugar floating down undissolved to the bottom of the pitcher.
To make a sugar syrup, bring one cup of water and 1-1/2 cups of sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Let cool. To make lemonade, cut and juice 15 to 18 lemons to get 3 cups of juice. To this juice add the cooled syrup and 5 cups of cold water. Thinly slice one additional lemon and add the slices to your pitcher.
To make strawberry lemonade, puree a pint of strawberries in a blender or food processor. Add to the pitcher with the lemon juice.
To make sparkling lemonade, use club soda instead of water.
To make mint lemonade, add one cup of mint leaves to the five cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for five minutes. Let cool completely, and then strain out the mint leaves. Make the lemonade as usual. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
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