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Fizzy drinks took off some decades ago and I remember the fizzy pop man coming round to my best friend's house. (I was very young, obviously.) There was a real attraction – the drinks came in all sorts of colours, including bright orange, or with dandelion in the title, and they all made a pish sound when you unscrewed the lid. Homemade felt a bit flat in comparison.
But there appears to be a change in tastes. People are eschewing processed cuisine and wanting fresher, more natural food. Food like the Famous Five would have on the table, which is why I come back to their books time and time again. Enid Blyton's descriptions always inspire me to recreate the food, or the drink, mentioned within the pages for my own family.
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After just a few minutes scanning their entire adventures I've found reference to lemonade in Five Are Together Again, when Tinker, their friend, likes to pretend he's a car or a lorry and come back into the house to re-fuel with lemonade. And in Five Fall into Adventure we have Joanna the cook who provides the five with a bottle of this amazing drink.So, I thought it was high time I made some for myself. See what all the fuss was about. After all, I couldn't call myself a true fan of The Famous Five until I'd done so.
Food processor, sieve, two large jugs, clean bottle
4 unwaxed lemons
100g caster sugar
800ml water (or fizzy water)
- First, cut off the peel (you may wish to grate off the peel and use in a lemon cake first) and as much of the white pith as you can. The pith can be really bitter and will affect the taste of the lemonade.
- Pop the lemons into the food processor with the caster sugar and 100ml of the water and blitz until a mush.
- Pour into a jug with the rest of the water and mix.
- Place a sieve over another jug to remove all the bits and pour the mixture in, allowing to drain through.
- Taste the lemonade for sweetness. You might need a little more sugar. Or a little more water.
- Pour the lemonade into a bottle.
- Serve with plenty of ice and an extra splash of water if desired.
- And that, is that. Simple.