Recipe for a refreshing spring drink – Sparkling Lemonade Cocktail

Ingredients

Lemon Syrup Concentrate:
(Makes 2 litres of syrup)

juice and grated zest of 4 – 5 juicy lemons
5 cups (1kg) white sugar
2 T (30 ml) citric acid
1 T (15 ml) tartaric acid
5 cups (1.25 litres) boiling water

Gin Lemonade Mix:
(Makes 6 long drinks, served in tall glasses)

6 large sprigs of mint
3 slices of fresh lemon
1 T (15 ml) sugar
¾ cup (180 ml) gin
2 cups (500 ml) lemon syrup concentrate
1 litre soda water
1 tray of ice cubes

How to

Lemon Syrup Concentrate:
First grate off the outer skin of the lemons on the fine side of a grater or use a microplane. Place the lemon juice and grated zest in a large saucepan.

Add the sugar, citric acid and tartaric acid. Pour the boiling water over and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes and remove from the heat.

Pour into clean bottles and refrigerate until needed. Makes about 2 litres and keeps for a month refrigerated.

Gin Lemonade Mix:
Muddle the mint, lemon slices and sugar by pounding them together in a large jug using a muddling tool or a wooden spoon.

Add the gin, lemon syrup, soda water and ice. Stir and serve.

By: Ina Paarman

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