We eat bittergourd even when we do not want any bitterness in our life. We eat chilli even when it burns our tongue. We eat sweets more than we should. We drink lemonade even when it make our faces cringed and inner cheeks shrink. But still, life should be full with these flavors. And what happens when life gives you lemons? Make lemonade. This isn’t a new quote but yes, go make that damn lemonade. With meyer lemons if possible.
I’ve always wanted to try meyer lemons but it is not easily available in Singapore so when I saw it selling in Cold Storage, I was really excited! They are priced much higher than the usual lemons but since they are here in the store, how could I resist them?
Meyer lemon has a slightly sweeter taste which is perfect for making desserts and beverages. I don’t know why but I find lemonade makes a good pairing with a hearty and spicy meal. Slurping a glass often makes me feel refreshed and cleansed, as if it could clean up the sinful fats I’d consumed.
I like lemonade to be sour enough that it will make my face cringe on first sip but yet led me to begging for more. And I like it to be icy cold so I’d always make it a little more concentrated so that it will taste just right in the melting ice. Feel free to adjust the amount of simple syrup to your liking. If you can’t get meyer lemons, just use any lemons you can find. It will still be good.
Sweet Meyer Lemonade
1/3 cup boiling water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
5 meyer lemons or any other lemons
2 cups water
Plenty of ice cubes
- To make the simple syrup, combine boiling water and sugar in a heatproof bowl and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
- Cut the lemons in half cross-wise, gently squeeze each half in between your palm and fingers and extract all the juice in a bowl. Strain the juice and discard the seeds and pulps.
- Combine the water, lemon juice and simple syrup in a jar. Stir until combined.
- To serve, fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the lemonade over the ice. Add thin slices of lemons to decorate if desire.