Making homemade lemonade
You cannot guarantee that the sun will shine every day, but you you can inject some sparkle into your life whenever you want by making a jug of fresh homemade lemonade.
There is nothing quite like the taste of lemonade made at home and it is much more versatile than you may think. The seven-piece Kilner Lemonade Set, for example, includes a handy recipe booklet to help you tap into some of the endless possibilities. Sets such as this make it easy to make lemonade and to serve it up in a traditional-feeling, fun way.
Homemade lemonade: what you need
Making lemonade is surprisingly easy. Even if you choose to add extra flavour injections, such as strawberry or orange, it rarely ever gets difficult.
There are many different recipes to try, including one from Delia Smith’s Summer Collection, which is the one featured here. All you need for making this basic lemonade is a lemonade set or serving jugs and a bowl, six large lemons and 150g of granulated sugar. How simple is that?
You’ll need to scrub the lemons with warm water and thinly pare three to remove the yellow outer zest. Use a sharp knife to remove any pith to stop your lemonade from tasting bitter and then place the juice of the lemons, the sugar and the zest into a large bowl or your choice of jugs. Cover and then leave it somewhere cool overnight.
Stir and taste, adding some more sugar if it doesn’t seem sweet enough. Once correctly flavoured, strain through a coarse sieve and pour into your lemonade jugs or bottles. Chill well and then serve up, either straight or with soda water and lots and lots of ice.
Homemade lemonade; try something different
You can easily transform homemade lemon drinks into barley water – and many other tasty combinations. For barley water, it’s a case of basically following the previous recipe for making lemonade, with the addition of a couple of extra steps.
Start by rinsing 110g of pearl barley under the cold tap and then cover it with 5cm of cold water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and then simmer for three to four minutes.
Drain the barley through a sieve before rinsing it with cold water and draining it again. Then mix it with the lemon juice, sugar, zest and boiling water and follow the lemonade recipe.
Strain and put it into jugs or bottles as you would ordinary lemonade and serve it up to instantly bring a little sunshine into your life – whatever the weather.