For most of the summer I've been thinking about these homemade sippy cups. Aren't they just perfect? I love how something so simple turned mason jars into cute party cups for kids. I've been wanting to do it myself, but just couldn't commit to re-fashioning all those lids with spray paint and holes. I would have to have space just for those cups, or new lids for the jars.
Instead I decided to make a paper lid for my jars. One that is interchangeable and can be customized for whatever event you may be hosting. Using spray adhesive, I attached pretty paper to parchment paper for a little stabilizing and waterproofing, and then I traced the mason jar lid around the paper and cut a piece to place inside the rim. Using a hole punch, I made a slot for the straw to slip through.
Once the drinks are finished, the fancy tops can be recycled and my party cups go back to being good old mason jars. Now, the drink you see inside is just a lovely as the vessel it's sipped from.
I have a favourite antique market, which we try to frequent once a month over the course of the summer and early Fall. Last weekend, I happened to pick-up 10 back issue of Cooks Illustrated for $2. A great bargain, if you ask me. On the car ride home, my nose was buried in the pages as I learned all about the proper way to make lemonade.
Did you know, the taste of this beverage is so much better if you mash the citrus, as opposed to juicing it. And you don't need to make a simple syrup in order for the sugar to dissolve? Brilliant, really.
The idea is that you thinly slice the lemons (or limes!), add the sugar and place everything in pot. For 3-4 minutes, crush the mixture with a potato masher. This will release the oils and flavour from the skin, as well as the insides. The sugar will dissolve in the process, and you'll find yourself left with a syrupy substance.
Strain the entire thing through a fine mesh sieve, and add cold water and a few berries, if you desire. It couldn't be easier and the taste is one that's much more pure than when I've made this drink following the traditional method of making it.
Mashed Limeade (makes 2 glasses)
- 3 limes, outsides washed and scrubbed
- 3-5 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 cups cold water
Once the limes have been washed well, trim off the ends and slice thinly.
Place the limes in a pot and cover with the sugar (how much you use depends on how sweet you like your drink)
Using a potato masher, crush the mixture repeatedly for 3-4 minutes, or until a thick syrup rests at the bottom of the pot.
Strain the mixture in a fine mesh sieve set over a glass measuring cup, or bowl, using the back of a spoon to press down on the solids in order to get all of the liquid.
Chill the syrup, add the cold water and shake well.
Divide between two glasses and garnish with fresh berries and a slice of lime.