I got this recipe from my mom a few years ago and since then I have found many ways to modify it even though it is excellent just made into classic lemonade. This can be made into classic lemonade, strawberry lemonade, lavender lemonade, arnold palmer or into a lemon granita, with or without something for the adults. I always have this syrup in the frig during the summer. Only the first four steps are for the syrup the rest of the steps are each a different way to use it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
1Juice and zest lemons to get required amounts of both. some times heating the lemon in the microwave for a few seconds will help get the juices flowing.
2In a heavy bottomed sauce pan boil water and remove from heat, immediately add sugar and lemon zest and stir till the sugar has completely melted and dissolved into the water.
3Mix in lemon juice and stir until completely incorporated.
4transfer to a lidded container and refrigerate till cool.
5once cool mix equal parts lemon syrup with water for classic lemonade.
6Sparkling lemonade- mix equal parts lemon syrup with sparkling water.
7Lavender lemonade- add 1/2 cup fresh lavender to water before boiling the water (if you do not want the lavender floating around in the syrup you can tie it in cheese cloth or put a fill your own tea bag) or add lavender essence to classic lemonade.
8Strawberry lemonade- add 1/8 cup thawed sugared frozen strawberries to classic lemonade. (you can make your own sugared strawberries too just make sure they have alot of time to sit and get the juices flowing for a nice syrup)
9Arnold palmer- mix lemon syrup with equal parts unsweetened ice tea
10Granita- in a blender, blend 1 part syrup with 1 1/2-2 parts ice. blend till smooth and slushy. For the adults add one shot of your favorite liquor per serving (more or less to your taste)