Jenny's Lemonade

My great-grandmother Jenny (1883-1940) knew what to have on a hot and dry summer day. She left the recipe for a homemade lemonade in her handwritten cookbook. This lemonade is refreshingly lemony and less sweet than the usual lemonade. It looks especially nice if you add a couple of sprigs of lemon balm and a lemon wedge.

Duration: 10 minutes

Amount: Makes 1/2 litre of lemonade


1 organic lemon, zest and juice

Sugar to taste

1/2 liter of boiling water

Possibly ice cubes

Possibly lemon balm leaves


1. Put the zest of an untreated lemon in a porcelain jug and pour 1/2 litre of boiling water over it.

2. Add as much sugar as you like and leave covered in a warm place. I used 1 tablespoon max.

3. Let the liquid cool down and pour it through a sieve.

4. Add the juice of one lemon and, if necessary, add a little more sugar to taste.

5. "And if it should be very cold, you put a piece of artificial ice in it", as my great-grandmother wrote in her cookbook.

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