For those of us doing Dry January this year, those cravings for a fruity cocktail are getting pretty strong right about now. A glass of cold fruit juice from the store may do the job, but for Jennifer Garner, fresh lemonade is the best way to curb those cravings. And her three-ingredient recipe comes together in just a few minutes.
Tagging her post #PretendCookingShow, Garner wrote in the caption, “Why does lemonade have to mean summer? Citrus is booming in LA, begging to be made into bright, sunshine-filled, California Lemonade. You probably know this one, but what the heck—I like having the ratios handy—here you go!”
Garner pulled the perfect sugar-to-water-to-lemon juice ratio from Simply Recipes but notes that you can use less sugar for a tangier-tasting lemonade.
The first step in making Garner’s “favorite dry January treat,” is to craft a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in water over heat. “As soon as the grittiness is gone when you stir, turn it off [and] let it cool,” Garner says in her video.
While the syrup is heating, you can start juicing your citrus fruits — and no, you don’t have to stick to just lemons! “Size and quantity will vary, but 4 [to] 6 lemons (I use a lemon heavy blend of all kinds of citrus) should be enough for 1 cup of juice,” Garner wrote.
The final step is to mix the citrus juice with the simple syrup into a pitcher and dilute it with more water before letting it chill in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, pour over ice, and “Add a little soda water if you’re fancy,” Garner added.
So if you’re looking for that citrus fix you usually get from a cocktail or you’re enjoying the harvesting of fruits during citrus season like Garner is, this lemonade recipe is easy, refreshing, and will definitely brighten up your winter!
Before you go, check out our roundup of summer cocktails below: