Today we celebrate that summer drink essential: lemonade!
In the United States, lemonade is just a sweetened beverage made from fresh-squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and water and is almost universally served chilled, with ice. In other countries, especially the U.K., it is a term is used to describe any clear carbonated drink or soda similar, but not necessarily identical to, the retail brands Sprite or 7-up.
Traditional American Lemonade Recipe
recipe from gone-ta-pott
- 6 medium lemons, should yield 1 cup of juice
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup Sugar (can be adjusted by +/- 1/4 cup to taste)
Juice the lemons on a citrus reamer. Rolling the lemons on the counter with moderate pressure prior to juicing will result in more juice from each lemon. Try to keep out the seeds. If you prefer lemonade with no pulp, strain the juice to remove it. Dissolve the sugar in the water. Heat may be helpful if using a large amount of sugar. Combine the juice and sugar water in a pitcher. Stir well.Chill or serve over ice cubes.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s spike things up a bit:
Though not technically a “lemonade” by US standards, this drink was created by Tony Mason in 1980 and heavily promoted by the Jack Daniels company. Recipe adapted from the Jack Daniels official website.
- 1 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey
- 1 oz part triple sec (I would kick it up with Cointreau personally)
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 4oz Lemon-lime soda
Glass: Highball or Collins
Garnish: lemon slice and cherry
Stir all ingredients with iced then top with the lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherries.