I just adore lemons. I think the first recipe I posted on my blog back in March was for Lemon Drizzle Cake, which remains one of my all time favourite cakes to bake (and scoff). But this time I'm not using lemons for baking, but for drinking :: for creating a bit of zesty refreshment, ideal for quenching thirsts at picnics, trips to the park, or just idling around at home. Its a great summer drink, this one. Just thinking about it makes me want to glug a big chunky glass of it down, right now.
I've been making this lemon drink since I was about 17 years old. The recipe was given to me by my school friend's Mum Jane, because she always used to make it and I loved it so much when I visited their house (which was often). And now more than 20 years later I am still making it and it's always an instant reminder of long, warm summer days, of picnics in the countryside, of afternoon tea in Jane's orchard under the apple trees.
I made several lots throughout this summer as I do every year and kept meaning to share the recipe with you but kept forgetting. Until now of course.
The ingredients are refreshingly simple :: lemons, sugar, water.
Into a large bowl put 1.5lb (680g) granulated sugar, and the rind and juice from 5 ripe, unwaxed lemons.
The zesty smell is divine.
Add 1 pint (568ml) boiling water and stir well until sugar has dissolved.
Feast your eyes on the zingy yellowness of it.
Cover with a tea towel of your choice (decisions, decisions), and leave to stand for 24 hours.
Sniff it every time you walk past :: at least 14 times in 24 hours.
Strain and bottle :: I used 2 x half-litre bottles, the old fashioned glass kind I found in an old fashioned type of kitchenware shop in my town (don't you just love those types of places?)
course you could make this drink at any time of year, but somehow it is
so essentially summery to me that I only tend to make it during June, July and August.
A taste of Summer in a glass.