Fresh Lemonade Simple Syrup

This simple syrup creates a refreshing summer drink to enjoy on those lazy dog days of summer. With this simple syrup in the fridge, it's a breeze to stir up a thirst-quenching beverage by the glass or pitcher.

Yield

5 1/2 cups syrup (16 to 20 servings)

Ingredients

3 cups granulated (white) sugar
1 cup boiling water
3 cups lemon juice (about 16 lemons)
2 tablespoon grated lemon peel

Directions

In a 1 1/2-quart. heat-proof container, dissolve sugar in boiling water. Cool. Add lemon juice and peel; mix well. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Yield: 5 1/2 cups syrup (number of batches varies depending on concentration of lemonade).

To prepare lemonade: For 1 serving, combine 1/4 to 1/3 cup syrup and 3/4 cup cold water in a glass; stir well. For 8 servings, combine 2 2/3 cups syrup and 5 cups cold water in a 2-quart pitcher; stir well.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (1/3 cup syrup): 126 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

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