Made From Scratch: Lemonade

Last week we finally made it to the local Costco (in King of Prussia), but sadly I didn't find the two things I was hoping to purchase (a ginormous box of Kashi GoLean Crunch! and a 24-pack of lemon/orange Pellegrino, sigh!). However, I did manage to pick up a large bag of fresh lemons, which I planned to turn into fresh lemonade. Unfortunately, within two days a number of the lemons had succumbed to a mold invasion while sitting on our kitchen countertop. So, on Saturday, I salvaged what was left and made a small pitcher full of lemonade from scratch. Though the supply was small, the lemonade was delicious while it lasted.

Lemonade (printer-friendly version)
makes about 5 cups of lemonade

1 3/4 cups fresh lemon juice (12 lemons)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 cups filtered water

1. Squeeze the lemon juice into a large bowl. (I used one like this (albeit mine's plastic and more likely from Target); I wish I had one of these.)
2. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the lemon juice into a pitcher.
3. Add the granulated sugar and stir thoroughly until sugar dissolves in the lemon juice.
4. Add the filtered water and stir to combine all the ingredients.
5. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice (or wedge) before serving.

(adapted from this Martha Stewart recipe)