Extra Lemony Lemonade

Martha’s Extra-Lemony Lemonadimg68le
Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2016

“A cold glass of lemonade is so refreshing on a hot summer day. My favorite recipes are full of lemon flavor. This one uses the fruit in three ways: its juice, fresh slices, and a syrup cooked with the rinds,” says Martha.

Ingredients
8 lemons, halved, plus 1, thinly sliced, for serving*
1½ cups sugar (Editor’s note: You can also use organic, demerara sugar or even maple syrup)*
16 sprigs fresh mint*

Directions 
1. Juice halved lemons (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). In a small saucepan, bring sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon rinds; cook over medium until mixture is syrupy, about 12 minutes. Strain; let cool completely.

2. Muddle mint with syrup in a pitcher. Stir in juice and 4 cups cold water. Top with ice and lemon slices; serve.

*Ingredients available at ECM