The steps for making an easy homemade lemonade are to make a simple syrup, squeeze lemons, combine the two, add ice and garnish. Follow these simple steps for delicious and easy lemonade.
To make a simple syrup combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan, usually one cup of each. Bring the mixture up to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
Roll six to eight lemons on a cutting board to help them release their juice. Cut them in half and squeeze until they yield one cup of lemon juice. Feel free to save any extra lemons to garnish the glasses of lemonade with at the end.
Combine the cooled syrup, lemon juice and four additional cups of water in a pitcher. Taste and adjust. To make the lemonade tarter, squeeze in more lemon juice. To sweeten it, add a few teaspoons of sugar. Add ice to the pitcher and glasses. To garnish, add an herb or slice of fruit.
One can also infuse the simple syrup with an herb by adding an herb to the simple syrup as it cools. Mint and basil work really well in lemonade. One can always make larger batches of the simple syrup and store the extra in the refrigerator for future batches of lemonade.