Homemade Lemonade

I know that the vast majority of my readership is bracing for winter, but it’s getting HOT down in Buenos Aires.  We’re talking hunger-sapping heat, and it’s only the Southern Hemisphere’s equivalent of May.

It was 9:20 PM and I hadn’t made dinner yet, nor did I really want to.  What I really wanted at that exact moment was to be drinking lemonade.  But I’m in Buenos Aires, and such comforts from home are not sold in stores.  I ran outside to the Bolivian fruit stand down the block, asked for seven lemons, and after being given a verbal spanking for even daring to ask for lemons “20 minutes after he closed,” he sold them to me for a large discount since he didn’t want to turn his scale back on.

So, $1.25 lighter and seven lemons heavier, I returned to the house and was so ready to quench my thirsty that I drank four glasses of water.  This was all for the best since figuratively and literally turning lemons into lemonade is easier said than done.

The ingredients you need are simple: 7 lemons, just over a cup of sugar, 1.5 liters of water

And your equipment: A pot, a large bowl, a fruit juicer (or for the brave and strong, your hands), a juice pitcher.

  1. Put the water to boil in your pot
  2. Get the lemons ready to by juiced by rolling them again the table or playing indoor sports with them for a few minutes.   Cut them in half and collect the juice.  Keep the solid part for pulp.
  3. Put your left over lemon peels in the large bowl and cover them with the sugar.  Let this sit for as long as you like, as the sugar takes the lemon flavor.
  4. Pour the hot water over the lemons and let that sit for a while too, as the sugar becomes syrup in your lemon concoction.
  5. Pour in the lemon juice and pulp and take out the lemon peels and any seeds that have fallen in.  Let this refrigerate until May, or whenever you want to start drinking it.

The recipe turned out a little sour, but lemons are sour so you’re doing it right.  If you feel the need, dilute it with water or add more sugar to make it the way you want.

Oh, and making this sustenance gets a little messy.  Wash down your counter top when it’s all done.

A little sour, a little sweet.

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