Sparkling Lemonade

Nothing tastes as good on a sunny day as a cool, refreshing lemonade! This recipe uses a simple syrup made from two ingredients - lemon juice, and sugar. Top up the syrup with sparkling water and - ta da! - you have your own delicious lemonade. 

For the grown-ups, the lemon syrup can also be used in a gin cocktail :)

Homemade lemon & lime drink in a glass with a lime garnish

You can make this lemonade whether you have one lemon or ten. Check out the recipe for details:

Ingredients

Lemons (or  a mix of lemons & limes)

Sugar (I use white granulated or caster sugar. You can use maple syrup, honey or agave if you prefer)

Sparkling water

Ice Cubes

Fresh Mint Leaves (optional)

Method

Cut the lemon/s in half (this can be done using a Kiddikutter knife if you have children helping you). Squeeze the juice from the lemon/s. Measure the juice. For every 1ml of juice, add 1g sugar. For example, if you have 50ml of lemon juice, add 50g sugar. Heat the lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the syrup begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Fill a glass with ice cubes. Add 5 tsps of lemon syrup and top up with 100ml of sparkling water, or to your preferred taste. Finish with a few fresh mint leaves, if you have them.

Sit back in the sun, and enjoy!

One of the great things about homemade lemonade is that you can adjust the quantity of syrup depending on how sweet you like it. We find we like ours with a lot less sugar than shop-bought lemonade!

The syrup will last for several days in the fridge, so you can make a glass of fresh lemonade whenever you feel like it.

 

Tasks for Children:

Cutting lemons with Kiddikutter Knife

Squeezing Lemon Juice

Mixing cooled syrup with sparkling water

Picking fresh mint leaves

And before any of these .....making ice cubes!