Fresh Lemonade Three Ways

Chef Jamie Roraback

For the Lemonade Concentrate

1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • Place the water in a pot, bring to a boil and stir in the sugar.
  • Stir in the fresh lemon juice and chill.
  • This lemonade concentrate can sealed well and  be stored in the refrigerator  or frozen.
  • It  needs to be diluted each time you want to make fresh lemonade.

To Dilute for  Classic Fresh Lemonade

1 cup lemonade concentrate-recipe above
3 cups cold water, mineral water, or soda water

  • Combine the concentrate and cold water.
  • Shake thoroughly and pour into ice filled glasses.
  • Garnish with a thin slice of lemon.

For Raspberry Lemonade

  • Stir in 3/4 cup of thawed frozen sweetened raspberries into the classic fresh lemonade recipe just above.
  • Garnish with a few fresh raspberries and lemon. 

For Basil Lemonade

  • Add 1 Cup fresh basil leaves to the hot sugar syrup recipe at the top and let steep for 30 minutes.
  • Strain out and finish the concentrate by adding the lemon juice.
  • Dilute this syrup as directed above for the classic fresh lemonade.
  • Garnish with a fresh basil sprig and lemon. 
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