The Best Lemonade

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Appears in
Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah: Dining at Home in the Lowcountry

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1997

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If you’ve had better lemonade, please send me the recipe! Make this at least an hour before your guests arrive, then garnish with fresh mint sprigs.


  • 6 juicy lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water


Scrub the lemons with a little soapy water to remove any oil or wax coatings. Rinse them well. Cut the lemons in half and put them in a 2-quart heat-resistant pitcher. Add the cup of sugar.

Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the lemons, stirring to dissolve the sugar. As soon as the lem