A chilled jug of homemade lemonade, lined with slices of lemon, flavoured with sprigs of fresh thyme and tinkling with ice cubes is a perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer’s day.
There’s something about a chilled jug of Homemade Lemonade that looks charming and old world. It seems as at home at a High Tea set amongst cucumber sandwiches as it does being sold on lemonade stands by kids for pocket money.
It’s the second scenario, that is, the lemonade stands, that inspired me to make Homemade Lemonade. Driving home one afternoon, l noticed that a group of children had set up a lemonade stand on their front lawn.
As I drove past, I slowed down enough to read their poster. It read, ‘For the Rural Fire Service’. These gorgeous, thoughtful kids were collecting money, not for their own gain, but for bushfire victims that had recently lost their homes.
I was only too pleased to stop and donate! Their lemonade was pretty good and their motivation was most touching!
Don’t wait for a special occasion to make Homemade Lemonade; it’s easy enough to make anytime! 🍋🍋🍋
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins (to dissolve sugar)
Cooling Time: 10 mins
Yields: 1.5 litre/3 pints
- 6 cups water
- 3/4 cup castor sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 cup lemon juice, strained
- 6 sprigs thyme leaves tied in a bunch (note 1)
- 1 -2 lemons sliced thinly
- Place castor sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Cool for 10 minutes.
- Stir through honey and lemon juice.
- Pour into a jug. Add remaining water, lemon slices and sprigs of thyme.
- Top with ice and serve.
- The sprigs of thyme need to remain in the lemonade for an hour or two for the flavour to be released. Swish the sprigs around every now and again.