All over the country a heat wave has settled in. Fight back with some icy cold lemonade!

Here’s a great recipe from Paula Dean which I found on The Food Network. This one is simple and top rated:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions:
In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon. Stir until well mixed. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

And another good one (and this one for adults only) is “Kentucky Lemonade” by Sandra Lee, also from The Food Network. You can leave out the whiskey as you mix individual drinks if this is for a family affair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 shot whiskey (recommended: Jack Daniels)
  • 2 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Directions:
Pour whiskey and lemonade concentrate into a highball glass. Stir. Add ice cubes and fill glass with soda. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Check out the many other (over 167!) lemonade recipes The Food Network has, all printable. The names alone are wonderful! Stay in the air conditioning, or in my case… stay in front of the fan!!

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