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Home-made Lemonade

As I write this, the whole of Ireland are roasting their pasty white bodies in the all too rare sunshine. We might as well take advantage of all this good weather, we know it’s not going to last! My neighbours would kick up a stink if I put a barbecue on my balcony, so I celebrated the arrival (and departure?) of summer by making some home-made lemonade. Needless to say, it’s vastly superior to any rubbish you’d buy in the shops.



  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • cold, filtered water
  • ice cubes
  • mint or basil leaves (optional)
  • assorted red berries (optional)


Dissolve the caster sugar in a jug with the juiced lemons and limes. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. This should take a minute or two. Add some torn mint or basil leaves, plenty of ice cubes and top up the jug with cold, filtered water (sparkling if you like). I also added some frozen summer berries, which dyed my lemonade a shocking pink colour. A bit more camp than the familiar “TK Red”, but not an E number to be found!