With the arrival of June, summer is officially here (at least in my book). For whatever reason, lemonade has a special place in my heart as distinctly summer. Just the sound of the clinking of the ice cubes on a glass makes me instantly nostalgic. I have a distinct memory of visiting some great aunts one summer as a child, and being served lemonade and ginger cookies on the porch of their 100-year-old house. So when we came into our own nearly 100-year-old house with a porch, I knew exactly what I wanted to serve on a hot summer afternoon.
It’s taken a bit of time to hone our recipe, but I think we’ve got one down. Instead of making up a big pitcher, we’ve decided that a quick by-the-glass recipe fills our fix for a cool afternoon refresher. Many recipes indicate to heat the sugar with water into a syrup to help it dissolve it into the water – but who wants to do that on a hot day? We found the simple stirring method was enough to get the job done, and this proportion of sugar to citrus was balanced enough to fit our tastes. With the addition of fresh mint from the garden (which I can no longer live without!), this was just right for some sweaty afternoon porch-sitting!
Now onto the ginger cookies…!
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup water
- Several ice cubes
- Handful fresh mint leaves
- Juice the lemon. Tear the mint leaves.
- In a glass, combine the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 cup cold water. Stir vigorously to combine. Add ice cubes and fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately.