How to Make Fresh-Squeezed Homemade Lemonade for Summer
If I had to choose just one thing that reminds me of summer it would have to be fresh-squeezed lemonade. It’s the one thing I just have to have during fair season. It’s often a top choice for Sonic’s happy hour as well. It got to a point where I knew I needed my own homemade lemonade recipe. Not only is it much cheaper to make at home, but homemade lemonade is a great way to control the ingredients and leave out those you don’t want your family to have.
You can do a number of different add-ins for this recipe. Several fruits such as raspberry, blueberry, or even strawberry can make a delicious addition to fresh homemade lemonade.
How to Make Fresh-Squeezed Homemade Lemonade
During the warm months of summer, you should have no problem finding fresh lemons for this recipe. If you are in an absolute pinch you can use the bottled lemon juice. I always recommend using fresh lemons if possible with this one though.
You can use whatever sugar you have on hand. However, by making your own at home you have a prime opportunity to remove some of the processed sugar from your diet by using pure cane sugar. Now that they have partnered with Whole Foods you can pick up great pure cane sugar on Amazon.
Juice of 4-6 lemons ( You want about 1/2 C of lemon juice )
1C – 1 1/2C pure cane sugar ( adjust to taste)
6 – 8 C water ( adjust to taste)
Add sugar and 1/2 C of the water to a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring continuously, until the sugar is dissolved.
Juice lemons and pour juice into the pitcher. Add dissolved sugar to the pitcher. Add remaining water to the pitcher and stir. Add ice to chill.
Cut a lemon in half and slice into wedges to add to the top of the pitcher.
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a closed container for 2-3 days, but they usually never make it that long in our house lol.
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