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  • Writer's pictureCyprus Cooking by Liz

Home made lemonade - Λεμονάδα

My dearest readers, Happy New Year to you all!!

And what better way to start the new year with a refreshing lemonade!

I feel blessed to share this very easy recipe with you today. Getting into the new year with Mr. Covid, I took the opportunity to make this delicious lemonade according to the recipe from Mrs. Amalia. Special thanks to my dearest husband Costas who takes care of the lemon trees and brings home lots of fresh lemons!

Even though it is an easy recipe, it needs some preparation.

Lets start with the ingredients:

Fresh organic lemons, sugar and water, and it's always 1:1:1.

I used 15 lemons for 1 liter fresh juice.

  • 1 liter fresh juice

  • 1 kilo white sugar

  • 1 liter water

  • 1/2 cup grated lemon

  • 1 lemon peel

You will also need a good, sharp grater, a large cooking pot, citrus press, a bowl, measuring jug and a strainer.

How to make:

  • Wash the lemons under cold water and dry them on a clean kitchen towel.

  • Then grate enough lemons for more or less 1/2 a cup, and peel one lemon. Grate and peel only the yellow of the peel, the white will change the taste.

  • Now squeeze the juice from all the 15 lemons or until you have 1 liter juice.

  • Add the juice and the grated peel in a large bowl and set aside for half an hour.

  • In the meantime prepare the syrup as follows: start with adding the sugar and the water to the cooking pot and place on the hob and heat until the sugar has dissolved, bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes.

Clean your kitchen worktop or have a coffee! ;)

  • Sterilize the bottles you will use, use any bottles you have at home as long as they close well. If you like to give the lemonade as presents, you can buy new bottles at the supermarket, half liter bottles are best in my opinion, you have more to give away :)

So when all is ready lets continue with the lemonade

  • Strain the juice and add it to the syrup, bring to the boil and once it boils take it off the hob, your lemonade is ready.

  • Carefully pour the hot lemonade in the bottles and close them well. Add content labels if you like and place a small sticker on the bottom with the production date.

And don't forget to keep a bottle for yourself!

Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge, if you have space. Use within 6 months.

Enjoy in a tall glass using 1 part lemonade : 3 parts water/sparkling water/tonic or to your liking, you may want more lemonade and less water.

Enjoy!! Καλή όρεξη!!

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