Post by chief_cook2 on Jul 8, 2003 22:11:51 GMT -6
6 lemons 1 cup granulated sugar 1 quart ice water A tray of ice cubes Mint for garnish (optional) Wash the lemons; cut them into 1/4-inch slices Put the slices in a stainless steel or other non-reactive bowl and add the sugar. Using a wooden spoon or a potato masher, grind down on the lemon slices to release the juice. Let the slices sit for 20 minutes or so, until a syrup forms. Stir now and again. In several bunches, squeeze the lemon slices hard with your hands to extract all the juice, discarding the lemon slices as you go. Strain the juice through a sieve and discard the seeds. Mix the quart of ice water with the lemon juice, adding a little more water if you want a milder-tasting lemonade. Transfer to a pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator or add a tray of ice cubes and serve right away. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint, if desired.
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