It appears that we are in Derecho Season here in the midatlantic, which has me frequenting my house in Maryland to keep an eye on any weather related excitement there. Here is a pic from the back yard… contact me if interested, it’s a great house for entertaining, conveniently just outside DC with almost an acre of waterfront!
So I’ve spent a couple of nights there which means in the morning I’ve no choice but to get egg sandwiches at my favorite sandwich shop there. Silesia carryout. They make killer bbq sandwiches too.
A little place with a top notch wine shop next door, all owned by a family that’s been in the area for generations. And it’s one of the only places that still brews fresh iced tea. Don’t believe me?
Either it’s new or somehow I forgot, but when I stopped by for the first time in a couple of years they also had freshly made lemonade and I couldn’t help but sweeten my XXL iced tea with some, and it was by far the best Arnold Palmer I’ve ever had!
Sooo satisfied was I, that I decided to make some lemonade when I got home. This is the full on, straight to the hips version. A once or twice a year version… if you blew your sugar wad on mini cupcakes and need a more figure friendly recipe, here’s a low-cal Lemonade Recipe with Xylitol.
As for me, I used a mediocre weight lifting session and swim to justify a little more of the real deal. It started with zesting lemons. I thought it might be easier to peel them, but after a few awkward peels I went to my trusty microplane. I can bang it out with that microplane. Hold it vertically with the grater facing away from you and the bottom planted on a cutting board. Then run the lemon up and down twice vertically, rotate slightly and continue until it’s zested. You can get really rolling with it.
Brian gazed upon me as though I were Cindy Crawford in the Pepsi commercial as I walked over with our icey lemonades.
oh well, at least he got a refreshing beverage.
Homemade Fresh Lemonade
Yield: about 1.25 to 1.5 quarts
Once or twice a summer it's nice to remember what fresh, sweet lemonade tastes like. For another favorite make some iced tea and sweeten it to your liking with the lemonade for an Arnold Palmer.
7 - 8 lemons, about half zested and all juiced (should have a little over a cup of juice)
1/2 cup sugar plus 1/2 cup water for simple syrup
4 - 6 cups water
- combine sugar, 1/2 cup water and lemon zest in a small sauce pan over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved (I doubled this and am saving half for the next batch of lemonade)
- remove from heat and allow to cool
- strain syrup and discard zest
- combine simple syrup and lemon juice; add water to desired sweetness
- spike with vodka (optional)