This recipe needs to be started ahead.  It would be excellent for a cookout or a picnic!



cups water
2 1/2
cups sugar
teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
2 1/2
cups fresh lemon juice
 Ice cubes
Additional water



In a medium saucepan, heat and stir sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat; cool 20 minutes.  Add citrus peel and juice to sugar mixture.  Pour into a jar; cover and chill at least 24 hours and up to 3 days.


For each glass of lemonade, combine equal part lemonade mixture and water in an ice-filled glass; stir.  The recipe makes 16 8-ounce glasses of lemonade.