There's probably 100 different ways to make lemonade, but I think this one is particulary unique and refreshing.
This one is stored in my special "keeper" recipe box clear back from my college days. One of my (many) long-lost roommates, Angie, made it fairly regularly, and from the first taste I knew I NEEDED that recipe. (Angie, if you're out there, how the heck are ya?) And I'm sure I'll be making it until the day I die (which, hopefully isn't for a VERY long time).
The ingredients are simple and while it takes a certain amount of time to make, it takes hardly any effort. It's the type of recipe where you can throw the ingredients together and let it sit around until you are ready to do something with it. Perfect for me these days.
Today I threw it together and had it all ready for my husband when he finished mowing the lawn. He thought I was pretty awesome. :) His smile of appreciation made me think that perhaps I should do a little more doting on him these days....
2 c. water
½ c. sugar
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
7 c. apple cider
1. Prepare the ginger by peeling and slicing it thinly.
2. Combine the ginger, water and sugar in a pot and bring it to a boil.
3. Cut the lemons in half and place them in the water. Cover and remove from heat. I always try to get as much of the lemons covered by the sugar-water as possible, but they won’t be completely submerged.
4. Let stand for 30 minutes
5. Squeeze the juice from the lemons into the sugar water (you’ll get good and sticky). If desired, strain.
6. Combine the lemon juice mixture with the apple cider and enjoy.
Note: I always joke that in the summer I serve this over ice and call it Ginger-Cider Lemonade but in the winter, I serve it warm and call it Lemon-Ginger Cider. It’s great both ways.
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