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*3 T. lemon zest
*4 cups sugar
*4 cups water
*2 cinnamon sticks
*Juice of 6 lemons, strained to remove pulp
In a deep saucepan, combine lemon zest, sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a very fine wire sieve. Add the lemon juice to the sugar syrup. Transfer to a glass container that has been cleaned and boiled and refrigerate until needed.
to make lemonade:
Mix 4 T. lemon syrup with 1 cup of cold water. Fill 2 glasses with ice and pour in the lemonade. Stir and Serve.