Old-Fashioned Lemonade

    2 hours 20 minutes

    Less sweet and heavy than most bought varieties, homemade lemon barley water and lemonade are free from artificial colourings and flavourings.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 9 large lemons, washed
    • 1/2 cup caster sugar
    • 6 cups boiling water
    • ice cubes and mint leaves, to serve

    Preparation:20min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours20min 

    1. Peel the rind from the lemons with a vegetable peeler, taking care to avoid including any of the white pith. Squeeze out and strain the juice to make 1 1/3 cups.
    2. Put the lemon rind in a large, heatproof bowl and add the sugar and boiling water. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then cover and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
    3. Strain the lemon liquid into a jug and stir in the lemon juice. Cover the jug and refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until the lemonade is well chilled.
    4. Put several ice cubes in tall glasses, pour in the lemonade and decorate with the mint leaves. Alternatively, put a large block of ice in a serving jug, add some lemon slices, pour in the lemonade and decorate with mint.
    5. The lemonade will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, but do not add ice to the jug before storing or you will dilute the flavour.

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    YUM... i have made this and now my sons like to make it too. Great way to use up excess lemons.  -  12 Aug 2010


    wow! is is really good and free from artificial colourings and flavourings. what else can you ask for??  -  30 Oct 2011