Utensils & Ingredients
A glass bottle, juicer, strainer, funnel, knife, chopping board, kettle, mug, spoon, several lemons, honey, tonic water
If I have access to a lemon tree (even an overhanging branch from next door...) then naturally I will choose hand-picked lemons. However if they have to come from a shop so be it. Several lemons should do to provide the needed juice. Slice the lemons in half and juice them (using the knife, chopping board and juicer). Pour the juice into a one litre glass bottle. I have been using a spare Bickfords Lime Cordial bottle that was a 'limited edition' with one of those wireframe stoppers. I use a strainer and a funnel to get all the juice in while removing the pulp and pips. However to contribute to the 'homemade' feel of the drink I then separately add a token pinch of the pulp back into the lemon juice. Several lemons should fill approximately a third of the bottle.
Next I fill the bottom of a big mug with a generous helping of honey. Then I fill the mug to the top with boiling water and stir till the honey is dissolved. This 'honey-water' is now funnelled into the glass bottle till the bottle is two thirds full of both lemon juice and honey-water. This provides the drink with a degree of sweetness to reduce the sourness of the lemon juice somewhat but in a more interesting way that had I used sugar.
Finally I funnel in some tonic water till the glass bottle is full. I do this because I cannot entirely get over the childhood experience of thinking that 'lemonade' is the bubbly sweet drink that has nothing to do with lemons except possibly for a hint of tartness. The tonic water provides some carbonation to the mix and I also like to think that its own tartness helps to mediate between the flavours of the lemon and honey. Also as it has quinine it will cure ones malaria! As the tonic water is added it tends to make the whole mix go bubbly and overflow somewhat. I am yet to find a way of preventing this from happening but can minimise it just by adding slowly and intermittently.
The last thing to do is wipe the bottle down to get any residue off it and pop it in the refrigerator to get nice and cool. Then come back later and have some. It is a very strong tasting drink so do warn friends you are serving it to. The bottle will provide half-a-dozen serves so is best for small gatherings in warmer weather (e.g. like a picnic or barbeque).