Written by Jen
We have had a bunch of Lemonade stands for a cause around here. (Thanks to Jessica! The Lemonade Stand for a cause CHAMPION!) Each time we don’t ask for a price per cup, but a donation to a cause. We have raised money for World Vision and local food banks. Each kids chooses a cause and each cause has a donation jar. We have raised over a thousand dollars in one day! We send out evites, have great signs and even advertise on Facebook! It’s a great way to get the kids involved in giving back to the community!
If you’re going to do it, you better do it right and reward your generous passerby with the best lemonade on the block! So here is our not-so-secret recipe!
Remember the starting proportions – 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice.
The secret to perfect lemonade is to start by making sugar syrup, also known as “simple syrup”. Dissolving the sugar in hot water effectively disperses the sugar in the lemonade, instead of having the sugar sink to the bottom.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
1. Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3. Add the juice and the sugar-water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
Serve with ice, sliced lemons. Yield: Serves 6. From simple recipes.