I have the perfect drink for you to sip in the garden as the sun goes down after a hard day's work: homemade lemonade.
My friend Nikki gave me her recipe and I've been making it every opportunity I have. It is the yummiest and easiest thing to do, and so very impressive when the kids drop by (and by kids, I mean big kids!!!)
I started off making lemonade when the girls came around for a candle-making session a few weeks ago and now whenever they're at my place the fruit juicer comes out the minute the wax is melting on the stove.
It's such a simple recipe that I made it in our teeny-tiny work kitchen at the Australia's Got Talent studio last month. We all sat around drinking lemonade in my dressing room and I even snuck a glass out to sip at the judges' table.
It might not be hot here in Melbourne (far from it) but the sweet and sour flavours of this summertime classic never fail to transport me to warmer climes.
Here's my friend Nikki's recipe so you can try it for yourself. Using lemons from friends' trees seems to give the juice a more intense flavour.
Nikki's lemonade recipe:
1 ¾ cups white sugar.
8 cups water.
1 ½ cups lemon juice.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and one cup of water.
Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar.
Allow sugar syrup to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Remove pips from lemon juice, but leave pulp.
In a pitcher, stir together chilled sugar syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water.
To serve, pour lemonade over ice cubes and quarter slices of un-waxed lemon.