How to Make Old-Fashioned Lemonade
- To get the most juice, let lemons stand at room temperature (or microwave lemons on High for just a few seconds before squeezing them). Then roll the lemons on a counter while pushing down firmly (to break the tissues inside) to release more juice.
- Slice each lemon in half, and squeeze all halves to release juice into a large (2-quart) pitcher. Add water and sugar to pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
- Pour chilled lemonade over ice cubes in a tall glass. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry, if desired.