Last Christmas I got a gift certificate from FM, part of which I used to buy a hand-press juicer. I started off making orange juice on-demand, then a while back I decided to try my hand at lemonade.
The base recipe is decidedly simple, dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water, add 1 cup of juice, and then add 4 additional cups of water. My first batch followed that recipe plus the juice of 1 blood orange. One word: awesome.
Since then I’ve made several different batches, usually starting with a lemonade base and then adding some additional citrus, if available. Several weeks ago I made a lemonade with the juice of one ruby red grapefruit that was indescribably fruity. Highly recommended.
For your viewing pleasure, I photographed the making of a Meyer lemonade I made last weekend. A Meyer lemon I learned recently is actually a lemon-orange hybrid, and they’ve been showing up at Trader Joe’s recently in packs of two or three. So of course I decided to pick some up.
The setup (with real lemons standing by—that I ended up not using)
Inside a Meyer lemon
1 cup of sugar gets mixed with 1 cup of water in a small pot on the stove on low
I got nearly 1 cup of juice out of the 5 Meyer lemons, so I decided to supplement the base with 2 tangerines
Straining the juice
Adding the sugar water mixture, followed by 4 cups of water