The boys' favorite is the juice of 2 limes; then lemon juice to bring it to a cup. Yesterday's was the best so far; we had no sugar in the canister so we used a cup of vanilla sugar I'd made last year; although we couldn't taste the vanilla for some reason it seemed better--placebo? just knowing it was there made it taste better? My favorite is the former but after I get the lemon/lime juice to a cup I add the juice of 2 oranges. Yummy. Sunday we were out of lemons but had plenty of limes so made a batch of straight limeade. Everyone liked it but not as much as the mix.
I finally planned ahead and heated the sugar and water before I went to bed so it got cold faster. And yes I know I could make a double batch but then I find it very hard not to drink it in the evening and then I can't sleep. :( This way everyone get a glass and then it's gone.
1 cup water boiled with 1 cup sugar; cooled (although I just use more ice in the next step)
3 cups cold water and crushed ice
1 cup lemon/lime juice
throw in some vanilla seeds if you want.
equipment; I use a metal lime squeezer I bought for $10. The one I pictured here is plastic and it broke during my first batch of lemonade. I bought a similar one made of enameled metal. I think I'm ready to get one of these. But after reading everyone's comments I'm not so sure. I bought a juicer years ago that worked great but it was aluminum and it started putting black bits in the juice; yuk.