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Old fashioned Homemade Lemonade

This simple drink is easy to make, refreshing and full of vitamin C. It is not as sweet and heavy as most shop-bought lemonades and is free from artificial colours and flavours. You may need a few extra lemons to make up the amount as they vary in size.
Preparation time : 20 minutes,
Standing And Chilling Time : 2 1/2 hours,
Calories per serving: 65

ingredients

serves 8
10 large lemons
4 oz (115 g) caster sugar
1 lime
Sprigs of mint for decoration

method

1. Pare the rind from 9 of the lemons using a vegetable peeler. Take care to avoid the white pith. Squeeze out and strain the juice to make up 3/4 pint (450ml).

2. Put the lemon rind into a large, heatproof bowl, add the sugar and pour in 2/6 pints (1.4 litres) of boiling water. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then cover and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

3. Strain the lemon liquid into a large jug and stir in the lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours, until it is really well chilled.

4. Place a big block of ice or ice cubes into a large serving jug. Cut the remaining lemon and the lime into slices and add to the jug. Pour the lemonade into the jug and decorate with mint leaves.

This lemonade will keep in the refrigerator for a week, but avoid adding any ice before storing as this will dilute the flavour.

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