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Classic Lemonade Recipe

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Introduction

Quench your thirst with this classic lemonade recipe. Made with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and water, it's the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, perfect for a hot summer day.

Prepare the Simple

In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar with 1 cup of water. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool.

Juice the Lemons

While the simple syrup is cooling, juice enough lemons to yield 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. Strain the juice to remove any seeds or pulp.

Mix the Lemonade

In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice with the cooled simple syrup. Stir well to combine. Add the remaining 3 cups of cold water and stir again.

Adjust Sweetness

Taste the lemonade and adjust the sweetness by adding more sugar or water if desired. Keep in mind that the sweetness can vary depending on personal preference and the tartness of the lemons.

Chill Before Serving

Cover the pitcher and refrigerate the lemonade for at least 1 hour to chill. This allows the flavors to meld together and ensures a refreshing drink.

Serve with Ice

When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the chilled lemonade over the ice. Garnish each glass with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.

Enjoy Your Refreshing

Sit back, relax, and enjoy sipping on your classic lemonade. It's the perfect beverage for picnics, barbecues, or any outdoor gathering.

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