From From an Andalusian Anonymous Cookbook, 13th Century:
Syrup of Lemon
Take lemon, after peeling its outer skin, press it and take a ratl of juice, and add as much of sugar. Cook it until it takes the form of a syrup. Its advantages are for the heat of bile; it cuts the thirst and binds the bowels.
I have no idea what a ratl is but it doesn't really matter for this. My redaction below
- 5 or 6 Fresh Lemons
- One cup sugar
- 5 or so cups water (or to taste)
It tastes like...lemonade! It's actually really, really good. Even if I burnt the sugar a bit. :-)