If you look at a cross-section of the reviews of this lemonade recipe, you will see that some people find it too sweet, some find it too tart, but in any case, this is a good recipe to start with. If it's too sweet, simply reduce the sugar and/or add more lemon juice, water, or ice. If it's too tart, simply reduce the amount of lemon juice and/or add more sugar, water or ice. If you follow the directions exactly, it comes out pretty well in any case. I like to drink it chilled but without ice, but I think the recipe will stand up to serving it over ice. Try garnishing with lemon slices in the pitcher and/or in individual glasses.
I did a few modifications in my most recent attempt at making this, and you might want to try some as well. I reduced the sugar to one and a half cups and used turbinado sugar. I did not heat the sugar and water to make syrup first, I simply added the sugar crystals directly to cool, filtered water in a sealable container, shook it up really well, then added the lemon juice and shook it up again. The heating of the sugar in the water does not really do anything except facilitate the sugar crystals' going up into solution. Shaking the mixture vigorously does the same thing. I also only used 7 cups of water, and although I have a citrus juicer, I experimented with store-bought lemon juice in a bottle. I tasted the lemonade straight, and it was fine. Over ice it would still be strong enough. It's a fine recipe to play with, so have fun!
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If you look at a cross-section of the reviews of this lemonade recipe, you will see that some...