What You Will Need:
1 cup sugar
5 cups water, divided
6 to 8 lemons (about 1 cup of lemon juice)
- You need to make a simple syrup. Combine the sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over low heat to dissolve sugar. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat to cool.
- Then it's time to squeeze those lemons. Roll each lemon over your cutting board, pressing down as you do. This will help them to release their juice. Cut in half and squeeze. Repeat until you have one cup. Depending on the size of your lemons you might not need to squeeze all of them but on the other hand you might need more.
- Add the cooled syrup to your pitcher, followed by the lemon juice and remaining 4 cups of water. Stir, taste, and adjust; add a few tablespoons of sugar if it needs to be sweeter or the juice of 1/2 lemon if it needs more tartness.
- Add ice to pitcher if you think you will drink the whole pitcher right away. Otherwise add ice to each glass.