Sunday, June 26, 2011

National Lemonade Day! Homemade Lemonade



Today is National Lemonade Day! And what could be more appropriate that having National Lemonade Day on June 27, I ask you?

To be honest, I'm not crazy about canned lemonade. (Especially now that I have to avoid sugared drinks.)

I do have memories of my parents making juice when we were missionaries in Lebanon (when I was a little girl). I'm not sure if they made lemonade, but I can remember them making orange juice...squeezing the orange juice by hand on one of those little hand juicers. Nothing was more delicious, and I have a feeling the very best lemonade is the kind that's handmade.



I've never made homemade lemonade, but I found this recipe at AllRecipes.com that looks like it might be wonderful...and couldn't be easier.

Says the author:

"Ah, the taste of summer. This classic lemonade recipe is the one my mom used to make for me when I was little. It's the perfect combination of sweet and tart! When using a clear pitcher, adding a few of the juiced lemon halves makes it look prettier."



Ingredients

6 lemons
1 cup white sugar
6 cups cold water

Directions

Juice the lemons to make 1 cup of juice. To make your labor easier, FIRMLY roll the lemons between your hand and counter top before cutting in half and juicing.

In a gallon pitcher combine 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and 6 cups cold water. Stir. Adjust water to taste. Chill and serve over ice.




Boil some of the sugar/water first?

This recipe suggests boiling the sugar and some of the water in a pan for two minutes before adding the lemon juice.

Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade

For those like me that aren't supposed to have too much sugar, here's a lemonade recipe that uses Splenda. Interestingly, it also suggests heating one cup of the water before dissolving the Splenda in it, then adding the lemon juice and the rest of the water. I might try this one.

I also saw a recipe that uses stevia. Google "sugar-free lemonade" and you can take your pick.

Do you have a lemonade recipe that you love? Let me know!

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12 comments:

hannah singer said...

lemonade is one of my faves!
i have never tried a recipe like this-can't wait!
xo

Alyss said...

Mmmm... sounds delicious! I haven't had homemade lemonade in forever. It's all about Country Time over here!
Thanks for your sweet comment!

Trisha said...

Cindy,
What a "sweet" post. :)

My second son will be intrigued by the fact that Lemonade Day is on his birthday. I love making most of our food from scratch, but lemonade is not one I do very often. We rely on Country Time pink lemonade and like to add a bit of Perrier for a refreshing spritzer. You've given me lots of options, though, and since I got a hand held juicer for my birthday, I don't have any excuses.

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Sounds super yummy... I <3 lemonade...

Ransom said...

My secret ingredient for homemade lemonade: A dash of vanilla (not much, roughly a drop per glass).

Also, when I make lemonade, I rarely make more than a glass at a time (the benefits of being single!). So I save time on stirring all that sugar by shaking it with ice in a martini shaker, which makes it not only ice-cold, but nice and frothy.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Yes, love lemonade! Summer always calls for gallons of the sugary wonderfulness!! Thanks for dropping by my blog (www.southernjunkin.blogspot.com)and your sweet comments! Please visit again and again!!
Blessings!

Kate said...

Oh, Lemonade sounds wonderful right now!

Lori said...

that looks amazing and so refreshing :)

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the lowes said...

i LOOOOOVE Lemonade - Im so inspired to make m own now!!!!

CaseyWiegand said...

ohhhh YUM!!!!!!!!!!

Ruth said...

Yummy! I have been looking for a lemonade recipe.

carissa said...

home-made lemonade is the best... there's nothing like it! especially not the powder stuff!!!

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