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When I waited tables at the Café Rouge in England for a summer I fell in love with a simple French drink from their menu, the Citron Pressé. Now that I live in Florida, I can get my hands on freshly picked lemons and there’s nothing I like more to sit at a table sipping on this refreshing drink.
What is Citron Pressé?
Citron Pressé means “squeezed lemon” and is really just deconstructed lemonade. I prefer it to lemonade because each person is able to adjust the sweetness and tartness to their own taste (I make mine really really sour). This is possible because each component is served separately. You get a jug of iced water, a container of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a container of simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water), and a glass with ice.
Another advantage of citron pressé is that you can easily make a single glass of it for yourself without having to mix up a whole jug. Just squeeze lemon juice into a glass, add some ice cubes, squirt in some sweetener and top off with water.
And now, here’s my basic Citron Pressé Recipe:
Citron Presse is a deconstructed lemonade meaning that you serve the lemon juice, water and sweetening ingredients separately and everyone mixes their own drink to their liking at the table.
- 5 lemons, divided
- 1 cup simple syrup or agave nectar
- cold water
- Squeeze the juice from 4 of the lemons. Pour the juice into a small jug. Slice the fifth lemon and place the slices on a plate.
- Put the simple syrup or agave in a jug.
- Fill a large jug with ice and top with cold water.
- Take the jug of lemon juice, of syrup and of water to the table along with 4 glasses and 4 spoons.
- Allow everyone to mix their own drink to their desired sweet and sourness.
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