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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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When Life Gives You Lemons …

When Life Gives You Lemons …

Few things are as refreshing as freshly-squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. Try one of these three easy recipes for a tastebud pleasng homemade treat:

Old Fashioned Lemonade
Ingredients:
1 cup lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
1 cup sugar
5 cups water

Make simple syrup by dissolving the sugar into 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Combine the lemon juice and the simple syrup in a two-quart pitcher. Add 4 cups of cold water. Refrigerate.

Lemonade Iced Tea
Ingredients:
1/4 cup lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
two black tea bags
3/4 cup sugar
2 quarts of water

Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Drop two tea bags into the water and remove from heat. Cover with a lid and steep for an hour. Remove the tea bags and add sugar and lemon juice. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Raspberry Lemonade
Ingredients:
1 cup lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
1 cup sugar
5 cups water
1 10-oz. container frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed

Make simple syrup by dissolving the sugar into 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Combine the lemon juice and the simple syrup in a two-quart pitcher. Add 4 cups water. Place thawed raspberries in a strainer over small bowl until all of the liquid has drained out of the berries. Do not press the berries through the strainer. Add the raspberry liquid to the lemon mixture, stirring. Refrigerate. Set the berries aside in a separate bowl to use as garnish.

After your work is done, and while you’re sipping away, be sure to read up on the health benefits of lemons.

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