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TIP OF THE DAY: Gourmet Lemonade & An Electric Citrus Press (Juicer)


The easiest way to juice citrus. Photo
courtesy Krups. Information about the juicer.

 

We had dinner at a friend’s house the other night and found her juicing lemons with an old-fashioned citrus reamer (a ridged cone set on a handle). If you rarely juice a lemon, it works just fine.

But if you regularly use citrus juice—or would like to have fresh grapefruit juice or orange juice every now and then—it can get tiring. Plus, a citrus reamer does not strain out pulp and seeds, so you have to sieve the juice.

Consider an electric juicer, officially called a citrus press. It doesn’t take up much space; this model, from Krups (in the photo), is just seven inches wide. You can find an affordable model, or spring for the Krups deluxe stainless steel juicer ($127.48).

Then, instead of working out your arm to juice the citrus, you simply hold the halved fruit against the juicing cone (with the Krups juicer, you can use the lever); the machine does the work.

 

Now that it’s summer, when life gives you a citrus press, make fresh lemonade.

FRESH LEMONADE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar (or equivalent agave, honey or non-caloric sweetener)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (8 large lemons)
  • 5 cups cold water (40 ounces)
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    Preparation

    1. In a 64-ounce pitcher,* bottle or other storage device, stir together sugar and cup boiling water until sugar dissolves.

    2. Stir in lemon rind, lemon juice and 5 cups cold water. Chill. Serve over ice.

    *If you don’t have a large pitcher (or room for one in the fridge), you can divide the batch into two quart bottles. We save the bottles from store-bought juice for this purpose.

    LEMONADE TRICKS

    Fancy Ice

  • Freeze lemonade into ice cubes: Melting lemonade “ice” won’t dilute the drink.
  • Add a garnish to each ice cube compartment: a piece of citrus peel, a mint leaf, a cherry (dried, fresh or marascino).
  • Crack the ice cubes into smaller pieces with an ice crusher. Some people own ice crushers or blenders that crush ice; we use a manual tool like this. Hold the ice cube in your hand and hit it with the crusher end. (NOTE: Smaller pieces of ice melt faster than whole cubes, so if your lemonade is at room temperature, you’ll want to keep the ice cubes whole)
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    Gourmet Lemonade Flavors

    You can flavor the lemonade or set out a “flavor bar” so guests can add their own:

  • Fruit Juice: cherry juice, lime juice, pomegranate juice.
  • Fruit Purée: berry purée, mango purée, peach purée.
  • Wild Card: hot sauce.
  • Spirits: Gin, tequila and/or vodka.
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