Looking for a refreshing summer drink? This is our family favorite, and a favorite of mine because it’s easy to make, clear (meaning no stains) and because I can store most of the ingredients and make it in a pinch.
2 Tb. citric acid
1 T lemon extract
3 cups sugar
5 quarts water
1/2 tsp. vanilla
sliced lemons and limes
Mix together sugar, water, citric acid, lemon extract and vanilla until sugar is dissolved. Add lemons, limes and ice cubes. Serve and enjoy!
A note about the citric acid. For many years I purchased it in the pharmacy section at a local grocery store but I found an online source for a better price. If you buy it, it stores well and will last a long time. I get mine here.