Late Summer Lemonade

“Your blasphemous howl still resounds in a neon desert where the human tribe wanders, sentenced to unreality”.

We live in Venice.  We go everywhere we can on our bikes.  We do yoga.  We considered joining a co-op  farm distribution center before the LAPD spent their time and efforts busting it.  We are now safe from pure foods.  We are artists.  Basically, bring on the stereotypes or should I say this could happen to you!  I firmly believe you learn something new with every place you live, if you let it teach you. And for now we are letting it.  We are planting seeds to make us happy in a time when the current social atmosphere would tell us there is very little to rejoice in.  Because regardless of the times, it is the only thing worth doing with your time.

Late summer means harvest.  This is when the most work needs to be done.  The air has a lazy heat to it, time slows as the season changes.  It is my favorite time of year.  Nothing says summer heat, relief and relaxation faster or simpler than Lemonade.  Tart, slightly sweet, endlessly refreshing for all your seed sowing, Lemonade.

Lemonade

What you need:

1 cup fresh squeezed Lemonade (about 7-8 lemons)

1/3 cup cane sugar

1 cup water

3 cups cold water

What you need to do:

Squeeze lemons to extract 1 cup of fresh squeezed juice.  If you don’t have a juice press, roll the lemons under the heel of your hand before slicing into wedges and squeezing.  This will help the juices come out easier.  Set aside lemon juice.  In a small saucepan over low heat, heat sugar and one cup water over low heat until sugar dissolves.  This is your simple syrup. Grab your prettiest pitcher, add syrup, lemon juice and 3 cups cold water.  Serve.

This is endlessly adaptable.  I’ve made it with mint, crushing sprigs with the back of a spoon and adding it with ice right before serving.  Lavender can be used the same way.  You may be tempted to skip the simple syrup step, but you’ll only end up with lemon sugar water.  The little effort, as with everything worth having in life, makes all the difference.  Enjoy some of late summer sunshine in a cup.

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