Lancaster Amish-Style Lemonade
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 10 lemons scrubbed
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 cups ice cold water
  1. Cut lemons in half lengthwise and slice thinly, as if for garnish.
  2. Mash them with the sugar and salt in a large, deep bowl or crock with an old-fashioned potato masher or heavy wooden spoon until the slices give up their juice, the sugar is dissolved and the juice is syrupy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour about half the lemon slices into a sieve over a bowl or pot, pressing the solids to release as much liquid as possible.
  4. Discard the solids and transfer the liquid to a serving pitcher.
  5. Repeat the process with the remaining lemons.
  6. Stir in the water until blended.
  7. Add ice cubes or chill, stirring just before serving over ice.
Recipe by Amish 365: Amish Recipes - Amish Cooking at