Homemade Lemonade

2cups sugar
1 cup hot water 
2 cups fresh squeezed lemons
3 qts. cold water
Mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Place sugar and hot water in a 1 gallon container and stir until sugar dissolves.  Add lemon juice and cold water. Stir until well mixed. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Courtesy of Pam Smith with Suzanne Cook and Company