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Three lemonade recipes for National Lemonade Day

National Lemonade Day is Aug. 20. Here are three homemade lemonade recipes to try — we can't think of a better way to beat the heat this time of year.

easy

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Ingredients

  • For the sugar syrup:
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • For the lemonade:
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons), with half of the rinds reserved and roughly chopped
  • 3 cups cold water

Instructions

  1. To make the sugar syrup, combine the zest, sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Transfer the syrup to a 2-quart pitcher. Let cool.
  2. Add the lemon juice, chopped lemon rinds and cold water. Stir. Chill. Serve over ice. Makes 2 quarts.
Source: Lemonade by Fred Thompson (Harvard Common Press, 2002)

easy

Sparkling Ginger Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cups club soda, cold
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, honey and ginger. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Place a mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the mixture into it, discarding the ginger. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher and cool completely.
  3. Stir in the soda and lemon juice. Serve over ice. Serves 5.
Source: Taste of Home magazine, April/May issue

easy

Lemonade Float

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons powdered lemonade mix
  • Ice (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups seltzer water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup lemon sherbet
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the lemonade mix and ice (if using) in a tall glass. Add the seltzer water and stir until the powder is dissolved.
  2. Float a large, rounded scoop of lemon sherbet on the lemonade.
  3. Serve with a straw and lemon wedges. Serves 1.
Source: Associated Press

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