11 January 2011

When life gives you lemons...

I suppose you make lemonade. :) Incidentally, it is one of the items on my 101 in 1,001 list. So, I can now tick this off!

And that's just what I did yesterday, along with a bit of banana loaf.

Waitrose Homemade Lemonade

You can find a copy of the recipe at Waitrose but for your convenience, I have typed it out.


  • 4 unwaxed lemons, washed
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 600ml boiling water


  1. Using a vegetable peeler or grater, thinly peel the zest from the lemons, leaving as much white pith as possible. Squeeze the juice from the lemons. Place the zest, lemon juice and sugar in a large heatproof jug.
  2. Pour in the 600ml boiling water and stir until the sugar has totally dissolved. Cover, and leave to cool completely. 
  3. Now, strain the lemon mixture into a serving jug, and discard the zest. Dilute with 400ml chilled water and sweeten with extra sugar to taste. 
  4. Serve decorated with lemon slices, mint leaves and crushed ice (all optional).
Note: This was my second time making it, and this time I decided to use 400ml sparkling water instead of still. I do not recommend this, especially if you don't like sparkling water. Still water works just fine as the lemonade is zingy enough to be refreshing without needing any fizz.


  1. Did it taste a little bit bitter with sparkling water? Go you with the recipes :)

  2. Sounds great, simple and delicious but it also makes me long for summer.

    Sparking lemonade? That's very French and they're almost as bad as us Americans. After all, we decided lemonade should start being pink.