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National Lemonade Day: Make your own lemonade

National Lemonade Day is August 20, 2013, and to celebrate this 13th century beverage let’s make our own fresh lemonade drink. This Mediterranean refreshment made its way to Europe and eventually America and is a popular summer drink. The beverage was sold as an everyday drink, and as a tonic to treat colds and other ailments. In France, a glass of lemonade purchased from street vendors was called “lemoadiers.”

Fresh Lemonade Recipe

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ cup sugar
4 cups water
1 lemon, unpeeled, cut in cartwheel slices
Ice cubes

Directions:

  • In a large pitcher, mix the lemon juice and sugar; stir to dissolve sugar.
  • Add 4 cups of water; stir.
  • Add ice cubes and a cartwheel slice for garnish.

HONEYED LEMONADE VARIATION

  • Substitute honey to taste for the sugar.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serves 6