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Proper Lemonade

There is nothing more delightful than this fresh lemonade. If you want to, you can infuse a few mint leaves in it just before serving.


  • 8 un-waxed lemons

  • 4lbs granulated sugar

  • 4 pints of boiling water

  • 2 x2 5g packets of tartaric acid


  • 1.

    Grate the zest of the lemons and squeeze the juice out. Place in a bowl. Now cut up the lemons and add those to the bowl. Place the sugar in a very large bowl or something that will hold that and the water. Pour the boiling water over the top and leave to cool.

  • 2.

    Now add the tartaric acid and the lemon juice, zest and chopped skins. Leave in a cool place for 3 days – stirring occasionally whenever you pass it. Strain through some muslin and bottle. It will keep for about 5 weeks in the fridge.

  • 3.

    Serve diluted with some fizzy water and ice.

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