Mmm…there’s nothing quite like a cool, refreshing glass of that sweet and tangy lemonade on a warm Summer day. If it’s homemade, I think it’s even BETTER. I love lemonade. Pink lemonade. Yellow lemonade. From the can (frozen) or from the carton, I’ll drink it any way it’s served. But for a real treat, I thought I’d try my hand at homemade lemonade and – wow! It was amazing.
When it comes to a refreshing Summer-time drink, you can’t beat that glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade <3. It’s tart, delicious and super easy to make! Just 3 easy steps and 3 ingredients. Look below for details 🙂 .
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. water
- 5 lemons
- 5 more cups of water
3 Easy Steps:
1. Simple syrup
2. Squeeze all the lemons
3. Mix it all together
Let’s start with the simple syrup:
This part always used to intimidate me a little. Just because I didn’t know what went into a “simple syrup”. But trust me, it couldn’t be more simple! It takes like, 2 minutes…
1. Combine 1 c. sugar with 1 c. water in a small pot and stir over medium heat until sugar has completely dissolved.
That’s it! 😀
2. Remove pot from element and let cool.
3. Begin squeezing lemons (If you don’t have a handy dandy lemon juicer – don’t fret! Read below)
Another method on how to juice a lemon:
1. Spear a lemon half with a fork.
2. Hold the lemon half in one hand and the fork in the other.
3. Squeeze the lemon in one hand while pumping the fork up and down with the other hand, as if it were the handle of a water pump.
4. Continue to squeeze until you’ve extracted all the lemon juice that you can!
Continue making lemonade:
1. Pour the lemon juice through a strainer, and mash the pulp around to get every last drop of that lemony goodness 🙂 .
2. Pour your lemon juice into a pitcher and add those 5 cups of water.
3. Add as much or as little of that simple syrup as you like.
4. Pop it in the fridge to chill, or serve immediately over ice!
The nice thing about making your own is that you can sweeten it as much as you like. We have an infuser pitcher which has a column in the middle that allows you to add fruit. I can make infused water, or fruit juice fruitier, which is nice. So I fill it with lemon slices to make lemonade that much tangier 😉 .You can always float extra lemon wedges/slices in whatever pitcher you have to give it that extra zing!
I was shocked and delighted at how easy it was to make your own. And what to do with those lemon rinds? Well, you could always wash them out, fill them with water and put them in muffin tins. Stick them in the freezer overnight and you have icy lemon cups to toss into a fruit punch or jug of ice water. Or not, but the option is there 😉 .
Oh, and this week I’m 14 weeks!! Which according to Google searches means Baby K is the size of a lemon. Whad’ya know! 😀 Happy Thursday friends.