Light Lemonade

4 oz (1/2 c) lemon juice
5 oz white sugar
2.5 oz water
6 c cold water

Make the simple syrup: Combine sugar and 2.5 oz water in a glass measuring cup. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on High for another 1 minute. Stir. Mixture should be clear.

Combine the 5 oz simple syrup, lemon juice, and 6 c cold water in a pitcher and stir well.

Cook’s Notes: This is lighter in lemon flavor than my stand-by lemonade recipe, which would use 1 c (8 oz) lemon juice, 4 oz white sugar, and 5 c cold water. However, using simple syrup allows the sweetener to blend in more easily. Nice technique! A glass of this lemonade is excellent topped off with a splash of pomegranate juice.

Source: The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners by Matt Lee and Ted Lee.

The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook mentions that this non-alcoholic drink is a favorite nightcap of theirs. The cookbook is highly recommended, although it might make you crave boiled peanuts. It’s rare to see a cookbook that is not only beautifully designed, a pleasure to read, and filled with interesting content — as well as great, simple-to-make recipes.