I hope everyone had a happy Easter. Ours was very good. Some family members were noticeably missing but not far from our thoughts and hearts. We had a great dinner, engaging conversations and lots of laughs. With our dinner we enjoyed this tart nectar with a little kick from some limoncello and vodka. Lemon just screams spring to me. It’s bold and refreshing, reminding me of sunshine. Mix up a pitcher of this adult lemonade for your next get together. Your guests will thank you.
Pucker Up Lemonade
Lemon simple syrup:
Rinds from 6 lemons (reserve lemons)
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
Remove the rind of your lemons with a potato peeler making long strips. Be careful to only peel the yellow part not the white pith which is bitter. Add all the ingredients to a medium-sized pan. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. Continue boiling for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain the syrup into a heat proof container, reserving your peels. Set aside to allow syrup to cool. Measure 1/4 – 1/2 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Toss the lemon peels in the sugar to coat them. Shake off excess sugar and place in an air tight container. Now you have candied lemon! It’s delicious.
Juice from the reserved 6 lemons (about one cup)
1 cup lemon simple syrup (save the rest in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge)
1/2 – 3/4 cup vodka (lemon or citrus is best)
1/4 – 1/2 cup limoncello
5 -6 cups water or club soda
1 can ginger ale (optional)
Juice the lemons into a large pitcher. Add the lemon simple syrup, alcohol (I stuck with 1/2 cup vodka and 1/4 cup limoncello) and 5 cups of water or club soda. Stir until well combined. Taste to see if more water is needed. Add up to another cup of water. Pour into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Add an ounce or two of ginger ale if desired. Salut!
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,