When I think of the end of summer, I think of the leaves changing colors, the temperatures dropping and spending the last usable days of warmth for doing anything and everything outside. I love to sit on the edge of my porch snuggled up in a blanket and watch the season change. And what better way to do that than with a glass of homemade lemonade?
The best thing about making lemonade is that it’s actually really simple. All you need are lemons, sugar (I used granulated sugar) and water. THREE INGREDIENTS. Hallelujah! A tasty recipe that calls for things I always have on hand. I love it when that happens. Normally I have to go out and find some sort of weird ingredient that a recipe calls for, but not with this homemade lemonade. Everything I need, I already have in my kitchen! ?????
The most challenging part of this recipe is juicing the lemons. And by challenging, I mean not at all. Not even one bit. Especially if you have a citrus juicer! I swear, this is the easiest juicer I’ve ever used. You just cut the lemon in half (I trim off the top and bottom end to make sure it sits flat in the juicer) put it in between the metal slots and press the handles together. BOOM. Instant lemon juice!
I want to give a huge shout out to Zulay Kitchen for giving me this 2-in-1 Lemon Lime Squeezer in exchange for writing this post. While I did receive the is item for free, everything expressed in this post are my own thoughts, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t highly approve of. I like this juicer because it made what would have been a really hard and time consuming task super simple!
The trick with homemade lemonade is getting the proportions right. Some people like their lemonade more sweet, and others more tart. I tend to err on the side of tart and tangy! (so if you’ve got a major sweet tooth, you can add a little more sugar and/or water). I used:
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup (1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water mixed together)
2 1/2 cups of filtered water
A few notes. All I did to make the simple syrup was boil some water in my tea kettle and add it to the sugar and stir. EASY PEASY. Juicing lemons with my new juicer? EASY PEASY. Using filtered water? EASY PEASY… well it is, but I suppose the more important thing to note with using filtered water is that your lemonade will taste much better. After all, since water is basically the main ingredient, lets go for the quality stuff. Nobody like “dirty” lemonade. Ew.
Once you have all your ingredients, just stir them together. That’s it – it’s really that simple. Make sure to refrigerate once you’ve made the lemonade…that is, after you pour yourself a glass, of course! If you’re looking to make some really fancy lemonade, try adding in some fruit or herbs. I’ve got a tutorial for Blueberry Mint Lemonade that I really like!
Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time16 minutes
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup (1 cup boiling water mixed with 1/4 cup granulated sugar)
2 1/2 cups filtered water
Mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Juice enough lemons to make 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
Measure 2 1/2 cups of filtered water.
Enjoy, and garnish with a mint sprig if you're feeling fancy!
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