A few weeks ago, our family went to the county fair. It was so fun to show our little man all the farm animals and take in the exhibits and the wonderful fair food. It was a blistering hot summer day in July, and we were dying of thirst. One of the booths was offering fresh lemonade and nothing sounded better at that moment. The lady at the booth squeezed a fresh lemon into a cup and added a water/sugar mixture….AMAZING! It was the perfect combination of sweet and tang! My husband commented that the lemonade would be even better if it were made with sparkling water, giving it a little fizz, and that’s how this recipe was born. If you aren’t a fan of the fizz, you could always substitute regular water.
STEP ONE: Make a Simple Syrup
In a small sauce pan, add sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and boil for two minutes, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set mixture aside and cool to room temperature.
STEP TWO: Squeeze Lemons
Here’s the fun part! Feel free to use any special juicing tools you may have. I just used my hands to squeeze the mixture into a bowl, and then strained the seeds out. Juice the lemons until you have 1 1/2 cups of juice.
STEP THREE: Mix it all together
Fill a large pitcher or punch bowl with ice. Add lemon slices, sparkling water or ginger ale, and the simple syrup. Stir to combine. Serve with lemon slices and mint sprigs if desired.