Okay, okay. Anytime someone says anything is the best ever you have to roll your eyes. But I’m telling you that this lemonade recipe could very well be the best lemonade recipe you will ever taste! I mean, come on, it’s from The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook so you know it’s old fashion lemonade at its best and old-timey lemonade is the better than today’s poor substitutes you find on the store shelves. (I’m looking at your Crystal Light!)
Old Fashioned Lemonade Recipe
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 ½ cups water
- Zest from one lemon
- 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- Cold water or sparkling water
- Lemons slices
- Fresh mint leaves
- Measure the sugar and water into a sauce pan. While stirring with a wooden spoon, bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let cool slightly.
- Add fresh squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest to the sugar syrup. Cool completely. Pour the lemonade syrup into a quart jar. Cover tightly with the lid. The syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 weeks.
- When you’re read to serve the lemonade, put some ice cubes in the bottom of a glass. Our ¼ cup of the lemon syrup over the ice cubes. Add ¾ cup cold water or sparkling water and stir.
- Float a thin slice of lemon and, if you like, a fresh mint leaf on top of each glass.
- The recipe makes enough syrup for 14 glasses of lemonade.