This is one of the most refreshing ways to cool off in the summer heat. It tastes so delicious, I always thought it MUST be hard to make. I was excited to learn how easy it really is when I ordered one at our local farmer’s market and watched them make it. I thought, I can do that! Most of you have already discovered how easy it is and probably have it all the time! Today I am celebrating the fact that I am joining the lemonade making club with a tutorial of my own. In case there are any of you out there who haven’t discovered how easy it is to make homeade lemonade, you will now know how and can be initiated into the club as well. If you already do know how to make it, you will just have to salivate at the pictures and wonder why you aren’t making some right now!
Start with a simple syrup of equal parts water to sugar. I used 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
Heat until the sugar disolves and the syrup turns clear instead of cloudy. Chill.
Then you need your lemon juice.
Here is a little hint my mom taught me, heat your lemon in the microwave for about 10 seconds and then push and roll the lemon before you cut it open – it will help you get the juice out easier!
Cut your lemons in half (adult supervision, of course:)
Then squeeze the juice out. My sister-in-law gave us a citrus juicer and it is wonderful! It makes my kids LOVE to help juice! You just plug it in and when you push your lemon on the top it automatically spins and the juice comes right out. It really is fun. I couldn’t find my exact one, but here is a similar one.
Combine the 3 cups water, 1 cup lemon juice and the simple syrup you made above and there you have it,
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade! SOOOO GOOOD!
As you can see, this didn’t last long enough for me to get a picture of it full!
I haven’t tried this yet, but I thought it might be fun to try using Club Soda instead of water to make it
Or use limes instead of lemons
or add a bit of cherry grenedine to make it a cherry lemonade or limeade…oooh the possibilities, YUM:)