Martha's Extra-Lemony Lemonade

Photo: Mike Krautter
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

"A cold glass of lemonade is so refreshing on a hot summer day. My favorite recipes are full of lemon flavor. This one uses the fruit in three ways: its juice, fresh slices, and a syrup cooked with the rinds," says Martha.


  • 8 lemons, halved, plus 1, thinly sliced, for serving

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 16 sprigs mint


  1. Juice halved lemons (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). In a small saucepan, bring sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon rinds; cook over medium until mixture is syrupy, about 12 minutes. Strain; let cool completely.

  2. Muddle mint with syrup in a pitcher. Stir in juice and 4 cups cold water. Top with ice and lemon slices; serve.

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