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2 quarts


  • 2 quarts plus 3/4 cup cold water

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 lemon (thinly sliced)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the 3/4 cup of water with the sugar. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.

  2. In a large pitcher, combine the remaining 2 quarts of water with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add the lemon slices and refrigerate until chilled. Serve the lemonade over ice.

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