State Fair Lemonade
Chef John reveals the secret to the sweet, sour, and refreshing lemonade that's served at state fairs in this easy recipe.
Love this. Lots of delicious lemon flavour. I reduced the sugar to 1c and used cane sugar instead of refined white. It mixes extremely well with 1 part gin to 2 parts lemonade with ice :)
Of course I used seven lemons, less sugar and some honey. So flavorful! So glad you posted this Chef John, it’s going to be 96 degrees Sunday and I still have half left!
I just finished making it today. It's so good! I reduced the sugar by a little. There are some people who say it's too sour or bitter. Just make sure you follow the directions. I think people mess up where they don't let the oleo saccharum (lemon peels & sugar mixture) marinate for 12 hours. They also might mess up when they toss oleo saccharum into the boiling water. You should turn off the heat when the water boils. Then toss the peel sugar mixture. Quickly stir and strain immediately. Good luck on making this refreshing lemonade! :D
This was indeed the best lemonade that I've ever had. That oleo saccharum in tandem with the fresh fruit flavor really makes for a heck of a summer beverage. I've since made a double batch, which was also amazing, and tried it with limes as well. You just can't go wrong with this recipe. Protip: be careful to not get much of the pith into the bowl when skinning the fruit. If you do and find the results to be bitter, let it sit in the fridge for a day or two; this will mellow out these notes significantly. Finally, Chef John, you've inspired a recipe of my own. I call it Italian Lemonade.
Food Wishes is the Cook's Bible in our house! Chef John's lemonade is so fantastic, literally just like the fair's back in Indiana! also don't over soak the peels, which I've done before on accident, and it came out bitter! start over if you soak them longer than 10 hours or so.
I used Meyer Lemons because my grocery store had them and I've never seen them in person before. I also used a knife to peel the lemons, which was a terrible mistake. Both choices were terrible. The lemonade was nice and floral, but it was also bitter because I left in too much of the white pith, or maybe because meyer lemon oil is just bitter. Please just use regular lemons. Don't be extra like me. Regular lemons have a thicker peel and don't taste like perfume.