Mmm, there's nothing like a glass of lemonade on a hot, summer day.
Only problem? Lemons aren't in season in the summer. They're ripe and ready on the tree from January to early May. Not exactly classic lemonade season.
I needed a lot of lemon zest recently for a project I'm working on, and I hate to waste a bunch of fabulous organic lemons from our tree, so I decided to try making homemade lemonade concentrate, so I could freeze that fabulous summery flavor and actually have it during the hot weather.
Homemade Lemonade Concentrate Recipe:
- 2 cups of fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
Juice lemons until you have two cups of fresh lemon juice. Strain out any seeds and pulp (to taste).
Combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in a small saucepan, and heat until the sugar crystals have dissolved. You're making a simple syrup, and, like it's name implies, it's very quick and easy to do.
Mix the lemon juice and simple syrup together, and freeze in a quart size freezer bag. To make lemonade in the months ahead, simply defrost the concentrate, and mix it with four cups of water. It makes a perfect pitcher of lemonade every time.
Now I'm ready for summer! (Just kidding. I'm never ready for summer in Phoenix.)