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One Lemonade Base, Three Recipes

You just can’t beat a big, cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. I’m a lemon lover, so this classic refreshing drink is right up my alley. I made lemonade the old-fashioned way for years by concocting a simple syrup (boiling sugar and water together until it dissolves and then letting it cool), but the past few summers I’ve been cheating (or being lazy, whatever you want to call it) and making this drink an even easier way. The result? Fresh-squeezed lemonade that comes together more quickly, with no chilling time. The key is to use superfine sugar. At the beginning of each summer, I now buy a big bag, which I dedicate to fulfilling my lemonade cravings during the hot summer months. This recipe is embarrassingly simple, and I often adjust the amount of sugar I use simply based on how much sweetness I’m craving that day. It’s very unscientific and easy to remember. The best part is that it’s a wonderful base recipe or ratio for other variations. Below are three of my favorite lemonade variations, which I’ve been making all summer long.

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Summer Fest: Cucumber and Mint Lemonade

A trip to my mom’s house in Westchester, N.Y., means stocking up on all of the great produce she grows in my childhood backyard. When I arrived this past weekend she was waiting to let me pick one of her prized Asian cucumbers. The variety is very long and sweet with a thin skin.

Inspired by the sweetness of this beauty, we decided to turn the cucumber into a refreshing summer lemonade. We picked up lemons at the store (no lemon trees in our backyard) and gathered mint from a neighbor’s garden.

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Thirsty Thursday: Lemon Sorbet Punch

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Some drinks are just simply nostalgic. Take, for example, lemonade. My fondest childhood memories of summer include tending my lemonade stand and drinking endless cups of this tart beverage.

But now, as the summer heat settles in, I’m longing for an adult version of my favorite summertime drink. This Lemon Sorbet Punch — a far cry from your powdered lemonade mix — is every bit as cooling and refreshing as lemonade on a hot day. Fresh lemon juice and sugar are combined with icy lemon sorbet and bubbly seltzer. This punch gets an extra zing from vodka (feel free to adjust the amount to your liking) and is topped with plump raspberries.

It’s enough to evoke nostalgia for those 10-cent cups of lemonade on a hot summer day.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Tequila Lemonade for Spring Break

It’s quite possible that everyone’s on spring break but me. But before I get jealous of my freckle-faced friends on the beach, I can still produce a spring break-worthy cocktail!

Spring break means knocking back drinks that are refreshing and easy to make. Oh, and drinks that come decorated with those fun paper umbrellas. Even if, like me, you’re stuck in the it-almost-feels-like-spring weather, it’s easy to whip up this tequila-spiked lemonade in anticipation of warmer days.

This recipe uses Meyer lemons, which are smaller and sweeter than standard lemons. Freshly juice the Meyer lemons and add fresh mint, tequila and simple syrup to taste. Top with a splash of fizzy soda water and, for the finishing touch, garnish with a lemon wheel, a vanilla bean and of course, a paper umbrella.

Bottoms up, folks.

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25 Amazing Things to Make With Strawberries

Zoe Francois' Beautiful No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Shake off the winter blues and welcome in the vibrant, fresh flavors of spring! Strawberry season has commenced early this year, so celebrate with pies, smoothies and so much more. Here are 25 ideas to start enjoying everyone’s favorite berry. In no particular order…

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Bastille Day: Cool Off with French Food at Home

Summer Tomato Soup

Laura Calder's gazpacho, French-style

Just back from a wonderful summer vacation in France, I’m ready to ring in Bastille Day stateside with some recipes from French Food at Home.

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