1½ cups sugar ▢8 cups water, divided ▢1½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 8 lemons

Step -1

Soak lemons in hot water for 10 minutes to get the most juice from your lemon.

Step -2

Make the syrup while the lemons are soaking: Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Step -3

 Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once the syrup has cooled to room temperature, cover, it and place it in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

Step -4

Gently remove lemons from hot water. Let cool until ready to handle. Firmly roll each lemon on the countertop a few times. Cut lemons in half and juice them. Keep the pulp to use, but remove all seeds. Set Juice aside until syrup is cool.

Step -5

Combine chilled syrup, lemon juice, and the remaining 7 cups water in a pitcher. Stir lemonade well, and serve over ice.

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