Homemade lemonade is refreshing, invigorating, and much better than store-bought. It’s also easier to make than you might think.
Why This Recipe Works
Homemade flavored lemonade is easier to make than you might think. We simply mashed (or muddled) lemon slices, a peeled cucumber, and fresh mint with granulated sugar to extract the oils contained in the lemon peel and punch up the lemon flavor. We then whisked in some water and freshly squeezed lemon juice—no simple syrup needed. A bit of whisking was all that was needed to dissolve the sugar. Before serving, we strained the mixture and chilled it for an hour. As a garnish, we added a few more cucumber slices and fresh mint leaves.