Ruth's Best Lemonade
|Sugar||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Lemons||3 1⁄4 Pound, rinsed (9 pieces)|
|Ice cubes||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
1. In a bowl or a 1-quart or larger jar, combine sugar and 1 1/4 cups hot water. Stir occasionally, or screw lid on jar and shake occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, grate 1 tablespoon lemon peel (yellow part only) from 2 or 3 lemons. Add peel to warm sugar mixture; let cool about 10 minutes.
3. Cut all lemons in half and ream enough juice to make 1 3/4 cups. Add to sugar mixture. Use, or cover and chill up to 3 days.
4. To make each serving, slice a strawberry into a glass (about 12 oz.). Add ice cubes, 1/3 cup lemon syrup, and 2/3 cup water; stir. Garnish glass rim with lemon slices, or stir slices into lemonade.