Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS...

What do you do? Knocking back a dozen G&T's will only give you a headache later, but making your own batch of fresh, agave lemonade is, in my opinion, a most calming and rewarding pursuit.

Sydney's been blessed with fantastic weather of late and my local grocer was promoting some very juicy Queensland lemons. One plus one equals refreshing homemade lemonade in my book! To make a litre of this brilliant stuff, you will need:

Sweet syrup:
3/4 cup agave syrup (Loving Earth brand rocks!)
1 cup of water

3-4 cups of cold water for diluting
1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Ice
Mint (optional - but so good!)



Make your sweet syrup by mixing agave and water in a saucepan until the liquids have combined.





Using a squeezer (is that the right word?), squeeze 4-6 lemons (or enough to make one full cup of juice)








To your pitcher, add juice and agave water and (slowly) pour in your cold water, testing it as you go until you find your desired strength. Give it a good stir before refrigerating for half an hour. Once it's cool, add ice cubes and mint and stir again.







If you don't want your lemonade to dilute and lose its flavour as the ice cubes melt, you could do what I did and freeze some lemon juice to add to the pitcher. Whaddya think of these smiley face moulds?





This simple-to-make lemonade is smooth tasting and, I believe, the perfect antidote for a hot and bother-y day. 

...What do you do when life hands you the proverbial lemons?

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