Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Instant Lemonade using Lemon syrup

A very philosophical take on lemonade for this post, I am so in that mood!. Lemonade over the past week has repeatedly made me think about the saying "when life gives you a lemon make lemonade". I have never thought about this quote as much as I did over the last few weeks. I dont care where it comes from, but it oozes optimism and thats what matters. There is really no point in cribbing about certain things that are beyond your grasp and do not go your way, the best thing to do is to move on with a positive mind-set and make the best of the current situation.

Another positive thought that I heard recently and it couples together well with the lemonade saying - "Don't look for a solution to a problem, turn the problem into a solution". I have been doing precisely that and it works like a charm. So when things that are not in your control get messy, don't sweat it, make sure its a blessing in disguise! :)

Now coming to this instant lemonade, its a very easy one. Its basically mixing sugar syrup with lemon juice to make lemon syrup. The best part is that the lemon syrup keeps well for a month, so you can make huge quantities of this lemon syrup to store. Then its as easy as rubbing your magic lamp to get your instant lemonade. :)


Serves - Makes 10 glasses of lemonade

Lemon - 8
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Water - 1 cup

How do you do it

1. Take a pan and add the sugar and water in it and bring to boil. It will bubble up and start to thicken - 15-20 minutes. When the quantity is reduced to half, switch off flame. Cool the sugar syrup completely

2. Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemons and keep aside. Take care not to squeeze too much to avoid the final lemon syrup having traces of bitterness.

3. Once the sugar syrup is cooled completely, mix it with the lemon juice. This is the lemon syrup that you can use later to make lemonade by mixing water to it. Store the lemon syrup in refrigerator, it will keep good for up-to a month.

4. To make lemon juice, fill 1/4 of a cup with this lemon syrup, and remaining 3/4 with cold water to make a glass of lemonade [adjust proportions according to your taste]. Top it up with few ice-cubes/mint leaves while serving.

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