Preparing great tasting lemonade can be really easy. All you need are three ingredients; lemon juice, sugar, and water. Using fresh lemons is the best way to make lemonade, although you can also use bottled lemon juice in a pinch.
To make a delicious lemonade, use equal amounts of each ingredient. For example, if you are using one cup of lemon juice, use one cup of sugar and one cup of water. Most people really like this, but if you decide you like your lemonade on the tart side, use less sugar.
Before you squeeze the lemons, roll them on the counter, pressing slightly with your hand. This breaks up the membranes inside, and allows you to get more juice from each lemon. Juice the lemons, then mix the lemon juice, water, and sugar.
You may choose to completely dissolve the sugar by heating the sugar and water, and boiling until all the sugar is dissolved. Let this cool, then add it to the lemon juice. Chill, or add ice, and enjoy.
You can also flavor your lemonade by adding other fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon all add a wonderful flavor. Puree the fruit in a blender, then add it to the lemonade.
A cool treat in the summer is a lemonade smoothie. Put one cup of lemonade and one cup of ice in the blender and blend. (This is so cool and refreshing you may want to start out with a bigger batch, rather than having to go back and make more.)