One thing I absolutely love about the South is the drinks (non alcoholic of course!). To say I’m addicted to sweet tea and homemade lemonade would be an understatement. Since the weather is warming up here in North Carolina, I decided I’d try my hand at making some good old fashioned southern lemonade. I lightened it up by using Splenda…mainly because I didn’t have regular sugar at home. Oops! Feel free to use whatever sugar product you like most : ) Also, this recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart in my opinion. If you prefer sweeter lemonade or a little more tang, adjust the measurements to your tastes.
Amanda’s Southern Lemonade
8 cups water
2/3 cup Splenda
Juice the lemons in a small bowl. Save the rinds!
Boil 5 cups of water.
Put Splenda in a separate bowl and add 1 cup of the boiling water to it. Stir until it’s dissolved.
Place the lemon rinds in the rest of the boiling water. Remove from heat, cover and let sit anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
Remove the rinds. Mix the lemon-infused water, the sugar water, the lemon juice and the remaining 3 cups of water in a pitcher.
Let chill in the refrigerator overnight and serve on a warm sunny day. Delicious!