Can I Give Your Lemons a Squeeze
I think my first memory of perfect lemonade was from when I was a kid (I had to have been 7 or 8) at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and in an effort to stave off the DC summer heat, tried a hand-shaken lemonade for the first time. There’s something about freshly squeezed lemon juice that can’t ever be duplicated with concentrate – after that first taste, I was sold. Lemon, sugar, water – that was it.
My francophile mom eventually turned me on to the art of the citron pressé – the French imbibe the same drink in cafés as a DIY drink. You get a glass of ice with the juice of a lemon, a small pitcher of water, and a dish of sugar. Depending upon how tart or sweet you’d like your drink, you add the sugar and water to your liking. As my sister would say, “sassy and classy!” Ok, maybe just sassy in this case. Continue reading Basil Lemonade