If anyone spends any time with me it won’t take them long to figure out that my favorite drink of all time is lemonade (iced coffee is a close second). I love it, it’s tart, it’s delicious with a million different combinations and it’s what I dream about when I’m feeling parched.
Now when I say lemonade is my favorite drink I don’t mean that any citrus flavored drink coming out of a fountain soda will do. It needs to be the REAL stuff, like fresh squeezed from a lemon. I drink this almost everyday and probably more often than I drink water (I’m starting to drink more water this year, I swear).
I honestly can’t go on enough about how much I love this, so you guys will just have to make this recipe to find out for yourselves. I normally make the regular variation of the lemonade with one or two berries but this tri-ple version (besides being a fun play on our namesake) is extra special. This will last a couple of days in the fridge but trust me, you’ll run out as soon as you serve it. Make extra if you are in doubt about the portion. TRUST ME.
2 cups of raw sugar
3 cups of water
1 cup of lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 12 juicy lemons)
8 additional cups of water
1/2 cup of mixed frozen berries, thawed (I use strawberries, blackberries and raspberries)
First make the simple syrup — In a saucepan combine the sugar and 3 cups of water. Stir it until it just dissolves. Immediately take it off the heat, pour it into a heatproof bowl and pop it in the fridge to cool off for at least 25 minutes.
Once you’re ready to put everything together, pour the lemon juice into a serving pitcher. Add about 2/3 of the simple syrup and stir them to combine. Add the berries and their juices into the mixture and stir.
When you’re ready to serve, fill the pitcher with ice and the rest of the water and stir until it’s combined. Taste and make sure that everything is the right amount of tartness and sweetness to your liking. If it’s too tart, add a little bit of the extra syrup at a time until it’s perfect.
Serves 8 regular people (6 in my family).