When I was a kid, every summer I wanted to set up a lemonade stand. I didn't want to do it for the money (though that was a perk). I just wanted to do it because I always saw kids on sitcoms doing it and it looked like fun. There was one time that my mom finally caved and let me take some plastic cups outside along with a pitcher of lemonade made with the powdered mix. Since we were rarely allowed sugary foods, I got overexcited and selfish and I ended up drinking all of the lemonade myself.
I think if I tried to open up a lemon limeade stand with the recipe I'm sharing today, I'd definitely end up doing the same thing. I'd drink all of the merchandise myself because it's so good. I love the combination of lemons and limes. It's tart and sweet and fruity and quintessentially summery.
1½ cups sugar
1½ cups water
8 to 10 limes
4 to 6 lemons
6 to 8 cups water
The lemon limeade starts with sugar syrup. I find that the amount of sugar required for lemonade is enough that it's hard to make it dissolve just by stirring it into the lemon juice. Making sugar syrup is so much better because you avoid the possibility of gritty sugar sitting at the bottom of the pitcher.