05 July 2014


It's the 4th of July, and what's more American than lemonade? Lemonade with vodka, of course! I posted a recipe for lemonade five years ago, and while it's still viable, I've made some changes and updated it a little bit. Living in Southern California now, local lemons are available more or less all year, and they make a drink like this even better!

Happy Independence Day, everyone!


1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 cups granulated sugar
8 cups water

1. Stir the sugar and one cup of the water together in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar has melted into the water, about 2 minutes.

2. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.

3. In a large pitcher, mix the remaining 7 cups of water with the syrup and lemon juice.

This lemonade will keep in the fridge for at least a month. Mix it with vodka or maybe some bourbon and some fresh mint leaves. You could always drink it plain on the rocks as well, but where's the fun in that?

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