I love lemonade but anytime I buy lemonade in a bottle or as a fountain drink somewhere I am always extremely disappointed. It just isn't the same as the good homemade lemonade I use to get in restaurants when I lived in South Carolina. This is such a simple recipe but so good with lots of nice lemon tang. If you have the time you can juice fresh lemons for this or just use the bottled lemon juice. If using fresh lemons though you'll need a good bit of them to make an entire pitcher of lemonade, anywhere from 10-14 lemons depending on how much juice you get from each.
Old Fashioned Lemonade
10-12 c. water
2 c. sugar
2 c. lemon juice
You start by making a lemon simple syrup. This consists of just equal water, lemon juice and sugar. So you add in the 2 c. water, 2 c. sugar and 2 c. of the lemon juice into a saucepan and bring to a simmer just until the sugar is completely dissolved then turn off. Add into a 1 gallon pitcher and fill with remaining water (which usually is about 8-10 c. of cold water) and just put in the fridge for a few hours to cool off. I always like to garnish mine with fresh lemon slices just for the extra lemonade feeling and because it looks pretty.