How to Make Lemon Syrup
Lemon Syrup is used to make cool drinks for the summer and to add to various recipes, especially desserts. Lemon syrup gives the recipe a distinct tang and taste that is well liked by children and adults. Similar syrups can be made from oranges and limes. If you have a house full of children and teenagers, it's a great idea to have a supply of these syrups stored in your refrigerator.
Step 1: Peel the Lemons
Peel the lemons using a potato peeler, and remove the outer peels as thinly as possible. If you cut in too deep, you'll waste lemon juice. Do not discard the peel.
Step 2: Heat the Lemons
Put the peeled lemons in a saucepan with the water and the suggested quantity of sugar. Heat the saucepan gently and keep it on the heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.
Take out the lemons and squeeze them untill all the juice is removed. Use a separate bowl for this. Some people microwave the lemons for 30 seconds instead.
Step 3: Boil the Mixture
Heat the mixture in the saucepan again until it comes to a boil. Add the citric acid and stir up the mixture. Now pour in the lemon juice and the peels you set aside earlier, and lift the saucepan off the cooking range.
Let the syrup cool and strain the mixture into another contanier. The syrup is ready.
Storage of Lemon Syrup
Use screw type bottles that have been sterilized. Pour the syrup into these bottles and refrigerate. Fill up a couple of bottles and keep replenishing the stock as each bottle gets emptied. If it's summer, this may not take very long.
You can also use the ice trays to store the lemon syrup. Get a couple of ice trays especially for this purpose and fill them up with the syrup before refrigerating them. Storing them in ice cube trays allows you to use a single cube of syrup for a cool drink. Just put it into the glass along with water and stir. You will have a ready-made cool drink. You can also use them in iced tea.
Lemon balm can be used instead of lemons. Just let the mixture stand for a little longer with the crushed lemon balm in it. Strain out the lemon balm before you bottle it. Similar syrups can be made with oranges, lime, brandy, rum or espresso. The suggested ingredients can be varied. Some may like things more tart, whereas others may prefer it sweeter. Keep making the changes untill the final product has the approval of everyone in the family.
Lemons grown on organic farms give the best taste, and even though they are a little more expensive, it may be worth the extra price. You can also grow lemons in your own backyard.