I have been blessed with a small grove of lemon trees in my new home in Cape Town. Lately, the lemons have been ripening on the trees and I have started to make a lemonade concentrate to freeze and bottle for use with my sodastream. It is such a simple recipe (made from a simple syrup) and is versatile to be used in a number of different ways.
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 ½ cups water
- Zest from one lemon
- 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
- Handful of mint
- Measure the sugar and water into a saucepan. While stirring with a wooden spoon, bring the mixture to a boil until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let cool slightly.
- Add fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest and mint to the sugar syrup. Allow it to cool. Pour the lemonade syrup into a quart jar. Cover tightly with the lid. The syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 weeks.
- Other flavours can be added to the concentrate other than mint such as basil, lavender or rosmary
- To serve, add concentrate to a glass with some sparkling water. 1/1 ratio is best.