Saturday, May 7, 2011


 Years ago, my mom took a simple lemonade recipe (6 cups water, 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup sugar) and made it perfect with one step: by taking one of the cups of water and melting the sugar into it, she creates simple syrup. Such an easy thing to do, and it improves the lemonade so much - no more gritty lemonade or endless stirring. It's my favorite!

I usually double the batch, so measurements shown here are twice the amount the recipe calls for.

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

Halve lemons, remove any obvious seeds.


Lemon towers are optional.

Chill and serve over ice.


  1. Fantastic pictures Erin! I need to kidnap you one day and take you to some construction sites! You have a great eye!

  2. Erin, this is so very THE BEST ! so crisp and clean and VERY refreshing to the eye . Love you, Mom. PS Dad said I said the same thing he had sent off!

  3. Lemon towers should be compulsory!

    Great photos lady!

  4. why didn't you photoshop out all the scratches from your cutting board? looks unprofessional. you should look at smitten kitchen for inspiration.

  5. Julia, I had no idea!!! What're the damn odds.

  6. that is creepy timing! is she stalking you?! also do you have an outlet drinking game with her posts? now that claire mentioned it... I can't un-see them.

    I can't wait for you and claire to make orange jello slices and take pictures.