Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Green Gables Lemonade

Awhile back, I ran across a website where the sole purpose was to recreate recipes from classic literature. They even had a post regarding Anne of Green Gables' recipe for old fashioned lemonade. I thought the idea was cute at the time, but it wasn't until we were hitting above 100 degrees this summer that I was reminded of it and decided it was high time I got a good lemonade recipe.  I searched for the Green Gables lemonade recipe and found it!  I'm thinking that Anne (with an 'e') would appreciate how much we enjoyed it.
We set up our afternoon snack out on the back deck in the shade.  It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon: sipping lemonade and laughing with my kids.
There's my glass waiting for me!
Jellybean found an interesting way of enjoying her lemonade:
That's right, dipping her wheat thins.
Old Fashioned Lemonade 
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
Zest from one lemon
1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 or 7 lemons)
Ice cubes
Cold water or sparkling water

Measure the sugar and water into a sauce pan. While stirring with a wooden spoon, bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let cool slightly.

Add fresh squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest to the sugar syrup. Cool completely. 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.

When you’re ready to serve the lemonade, put some ice cubes in the bottom of a glass. Our ¼ cup of the lemon syrup over the ice cubes. Add ¾ cup cold water or sparkling water and stir. I decided that I wasn't a real fan of the zest in my glass, so I've started straining that out.

The recipe makes enough syrup for 14 glasses of lemonade.
I couldn't help sipping while I took photos.  Here's my jar of syrup, too. Yum.
Just incase you are wondering, "It looks good, but is it really?" Here's what my children thought of our new recipe, they were pretty enthusiastic...

Lemonade Critique from A Happy Song on Vimeo.

Have a Happy Day!


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  1. I love lemonade. I make a special detour by Chick-Fil-A, every once and a while just to get my fix! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. I definitely understand the occasional visit to Chick-Fil-A. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. I have never heard of a recipe that calls for brewing a syrup that you then add water to...but it sounds delish and what I love is that you can make each glass as mild or as lemony as you like. What lovely company you had for lemonade on the porch - too sweet MJ!

    1. Thanks Jen! To be honest, before this, the only lemonade I'd ever made was from the Country Time powder. This was head and shoulders better than that. Thanks for stopping by.

    2. It helps to keep the sugar mixed in when you make the syrup. Otherwise the sugar tends to come out of the solution.

  3. What fun! I love a great glass of lemonade! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!