Homemade lemonade without all the mess but with all the flavor.
Whenever you see old fashioned homemade lemonade where I’m from, it’s usually served out of an old pickle jar and stirred with a stick! This is a staple in the South for summertime, along with iced tea. It’s pretty served with a slice of lemon on the side (if you have it) and that also allows those who like it a little more tart to customize things a bit. There is nothing like the perfect blend of sweet and tart on a hot summer day!
And remember, life may be full of lemons but when if you take those lemons and have the wisdom to know what to add, they sure do make for some delicious days.
Now let’s make us some lemonade.
Sugar, and water.
It’s that simple. The trick to making this a good, old fashioned and smooth tasting lemonade is in the next step.
*If you woke up with it on your heart this morning to juice fresh lemons, please do so. If you decide to make this old fashioned lemonade with bottled juice like I do and have one of those friends who looks down their noses at it because you didn’t use fresh lemons, tell them you were trying to help the bottled juice recover from the cruel rejection suffered at their hands.
It’s all about balance :).
First, place a cup of water and your sugar in a medium sauce pot. Bring this to boil (or close) over medium to medium high heat while stirring constantly. I’m not kidding about stirring constantly because if you don’t your sugar will scorch and your lemonade will be bitter, just like how iced tea is bitter when folks pour the hot tea directly over the sugar. We do not want that! Once all of the sugar is dissolved it will become clear again, at this point you can take it off of the heat.
A lot of people will tell you that this needs to cool before making the lemonade but we don’t have that kind of time. I mean, have you seen my house lately? No, no you haven’t. And there is a reason for that. But I digress…
The main reason for it cooling is that if you are mixing it up in a glass pitcher and pour the hot syrup in, it might cause the glass to break. We just get around that by adding a few inches of cold water in our pitcher first, and the lemon juice, then pour in the syrup and give it a good stir. From there, add enough cold water to fill your pitcher and VOILA! Lemonade.
See how easy it was to take something sour and make it sweet? Life lesson there. It’s all in what you choose to stir in. Stir in anxiety and drama, it gets more sour. Add in a little positive perspective and good attitude, it becomes lemonade.
- 1 cup water you'll add more later
- 1 +3/4 sugar
- 1 +1/2 cups lemon juice
- Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring just to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until all sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear.
- Fill a 2 quart pitcher with cold water to a depth of 2-3 inches. Add lemon juice and sugar water. Stir. Add enough water to fill pitcher the remainder of the way. Serve over ice and store any remaining lemonade in the fridge.
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“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.”