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The Perfect Lemonade

For this refreshing drink, combine fresh squeezed lemon juice and a quick sugar syrup. Fresh mint ice cubes add a hint of crisp flavor.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 15 to 18 lemons (3 cups juice)
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 1 lemon, washed and thinly sliced
  • 14 small fresh mint sprigs

For sugar syrup, bring water and sugar to boil in saucepan, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Pour into bowl. Cool.

Microwave 5 or 6 lemons at a time on High 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, just until warm to touch. Cut lemons in half and squeeze juice. Discard seeds. Transfer juice and pulp to large pitcher. Repeat with remaining lemons. Stir in cooled syrup and water.

Measure 1-1/2 cups lemonade mixture in 2-cup glass measure. (Stir sliced lemon into remaining lemonade mixture; cover and set aside.) Arrange one sprig of mint per cube in ice-cube tray; pour in 1-1/2 cups lemonade mixture. Freeze lemonade ice-cube tray 4 hours, until firm. Cover; refrigerate lemonade. Pour lemonade into tall glasses over ice cubes. Makes 8 servings.