- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 8 cups water
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water.
- Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar.
- Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
- Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp.
- In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
Lemonade can be any one of a variety of sweetened beverages found throughout the world, but which are all characterized by a lemon flavor.
Most lemonade varieties can be separated into two distinct types: cloudy or clear; each is known simply as "lemonade" (or a cognate) in countries where dominant. Cloudy lemonade, generally found in North America and South Asia, is traditionally a homemade drink using lemon juice, water, and a sweetener such as cane sugar or honey. In the United Kingdom and Australia, clear lemonade, which is typically also carbonated, dominates.
A popular cloudy variation is pink lemonade, made with added fruit flavors such as raspberry or strawberry and giving the drink its distinctive pink color. The "-ade" suffix may also be applied to other similar drinks made with different fruits, such as limeade, orangeade, or cherryade. Alcoholic varieties are known as hard lemonade.