Usually, during the spring and summer, I drink iced tea by the gobful. It has always been my preferred drink because of the way my mother made it. Always delicious and refreshing, it brings back many happy memories from my childhood. But every now and then I get a hankering for a glass of lemonade. One that’s a little tart and not too sweet. I don’t like anything too sweet. Just the thought of that sweet and sour tartness on my palate makes my mouth water, and I just have to have a scrumptious glass of lemonade.
But where do you find that perfect satisfying drink? I stopped buying those cartons and bottles of lemonade you find in the supermarkets years ago. They just don’t taste natural – not enough lemon and they’re way too sweet. I prefer homemade drinks to storebought anyway. I’m just picky, I guess. But my attempts at making that homemade delectableness have always had mixed results. Some glasses were too sweet, some not sweet enough. Some were too watery, and others… well, you get the idea.
But then, thanks to the whiskey sours my father used to make, altering his recipe somewhat and leaving out the whiskey, I crafted the perfect glass of lemonade. And it tastes just right every time. Here is all you need.
A 10 or 12 oz glass
2 oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 oz. warm water
2 oz. cold water
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar (2 tablespoons if you like it sweet)
1/2 cup of ice (or more)
A sprig of mint, or maraschino cherry (optional)
Put the warm water in the glass, add the sugar and stir until completely mixed.
Add the cold water and lemon juice to the glass and stir.
Add the ice and let sit for 2 minutes, or until lemonade is ice cold.
If desired, add the sprig of mint or maraschino cherry.
Makes 1 large glass of lemonade.
by C.J. Thomas