Monday, February 15, 2010
Adventures in Lemonade
1. Lemonade is a simple 1-1-1 ratio. Make a simple syrup by heating 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. Cool the syrup then add 1 cup of lemon juice. It will be very strong at this point so add water, a cup or so at a time, until it tastes right to you.
2. Limes are a lot tarter than lemons, and less flavorful. You need less juice - about 3/4 cup to the finished 1:1 ratio simple syrup - and less water to dilute. Limes are also a bit more solid than lemons or oranges, which makes them harder to juice.
We also learned (via friend Audrey @flowerstrewn via @CookingLight): "Look for lemons that are heavy, give nicely when squeezed, and have a thinner rind (means more juice inside)."
In general also a warm lemon gives more juice than a cold one.
Lemon photo credit: BeautifullyUsed.com