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Mary Berg's favourite lemonade

A refreshing drink that can be enjoyed any time of the year. 



  • 3/4 + 6 cups (180 ml + 1.5 L) water, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) fresh berries, optional
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a small pot set over medium-high heat, combine three-quarters of a cup of the water with the sugar and lemon zest and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved, then set aside to cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, if using, mash the berries with a wooden spoon, potato masher, or blender and add in the lemon juice. If desired, strain and press through a fine mesh sieve to remove the berry seeds and lemon pulp.
  3. Pour into a large pitcher, stir in the cooled simple syrup and six cups of water. Store in the fridge or serve immediately over ice. Enjoy! 

Tip: To make a lemonade cocktail, pour one to two ounces of gin or vodka over ice and top with ½ to ¾ cup lemonade. You can also shake it with ice in a cocktail shaker. Garnish with mint or basil and a few fresh berries, if desired. Enjoy! 

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