Most West Africans don't drink with their meals, prefering a glass of water before or after. This cooling beverage might be served on warm days when friends come for a visit.
6 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup grated peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
How to Make It
Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring with a whisk.
Place ginger on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth; tie securely. Place the cheesecloth bag in a large pitcher, and add lemon juice. Add the sugar mixture and remaining 5 cups water to pitcher, and stir well. Refrigerate the lemonade for 2 hours or until chilled. Discard cheesecloth bag.
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