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Lemonade is probably the most refreshing thirst-quencher I can think of for the hot months of July and August. It is something I associate with summers, laziness, reading a book, or doing nothing – a part of civilized life. It should always be made with pure lemon juice and sugar syrup – tangy and not sweet. The tongue should smart with more sour than sweet and the jaw should squeak a little when you drink it.

Yield: About 6 glasses


  • 1 cup Simple Syrup 
  • Juice of 6 to 7 lemons (1 ½ cups lemon juice)
  • Soda water (optional)


In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup and lemon juice and chill until ready to serve.

Add 3 cups of soda water or ice water to the mixture and pour over ice in tall glasses.

© Christopher Idone

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information does not include Simple Syrup. For nutritional information on Simple Syrup, please follow the link above.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

15kcal (1%)
4mg (0%)
28mg (47%)
1mcg RAE (0%)
0mg (0%)
1mg (0%)
0g (0%)
0g (0%)
0mg (0%)

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