Lemonade. Is there a more refreshing summer time drink? Tart, slightly sweet, and bursting with lemon flavor. It is the best on a hot summer day.
Did you ever have a lemonade stand growing up? I did. When I was seven or eight years old and living in Dallas, my best friend Rachel and her sister Hannah (who lived only two houses down) would come over and play with my brother and I nearly every day in the summer. We would build forts, ride bikes around the block, swim, and choreograph dance routines. One day we decided to sell lemonade in hopes of making "lots of money".
We convinced my mom to get us powdered lemonade starter and plastic cups. The four of us set up a table outside of my house with a sign that read "The Best Lemonade, 50 cents". Or maybe it said, "Thirsty? 50 cent Lemonade Here." Something like that.
We stood out there, in the middle of the day in a Texas summer, for hours. I think maybe 1 or 2 cars drove by. No one stopped for lemonade. The ice was melted, the lemonade lukewarm, and we were getting sunburned.
As we were giving up, all of a sudden the cute high school brothers from across the street opened their door, and, with a bunch of their friends, saw us. I think they felt pretty bad for us, and walked towards us and each bought a cup of lukewarm lemonade. They gave us a ten dollar bill and told us to keep the change. They also said it was the best lemonade they had tasted. I was totally embarrassed and mortified but my brother was just happy we had customers and made money. We decided to close up the lemonade stand after our sale, and after splitting up the money we made, we each received a little over $2. I don't remember ever setting up the lemonade stand again.
While I don't plan on selling my lemonade any time soon, I do love making it at home and sharing with friends. This brown sugar lemonade is a refreshing twist on regular lemonade, and is perfect to sip poolside on a hot day. It is also perfect to pair with whatever you are grilling for Dad on Father's Day tomorrow - Happy Father's Day to all the dad's this weekend!
Brown Sugar Lemonade
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup water, plus 3 cups
- 1 cup lemon juice (from approx. 8 small lemons)
- Fresh mint and lemon slices for garnish
Combine brown sugar and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan. Heat over medium high heat for a few minutes, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Pour brown sugar simple syrup into a pitcher and add lemon juice and 3 cups cold water. Stir.
Serve over ice with fresh mint or lemon slices.