"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 Stewart.
- 9 lemons (8 halved, plus 1 thinly sliced, for serving)
- 1½ cups sugar
- 16 sprigs mint
1. Juice halved lemons (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). In a small saucepan, bring sugar and 1½ 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.