My New Obsession: A Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade Recipe
While grocery shopping the other day, Cohen randomly picked up a bag of lemons and insisted we needed to buy them. I’d never made fresh-squeezed lemonade before, but decided to give it a whirl.
Of course, I consulted Pinterest for some tried-and-true (or at least tried) lemonade recipes and came across this one from My Frugal Adventures. I ended up having to adapt it the first go-around due to some lemon juice spillage (5-year-olds and juicers aren’t always besties). The second time I made lemonade, I tweaked the recipe a bit to personalize the taste to my liking.
And like it I did.
I’m officially obsessed with this lemonade recipe, and you will be too if you prefer a light, refreshing lemonade that isn’t too thick and syrupy. I like more lemon than sugar, so if you’re a true Southerner (or you at least prefer your beverages to make your teeth hurt), you may want to add a few extra scoops of the sweet stuff.
Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade Recipe
This lemonade recipe makes about 1 gallon of sweet goodness.
- 12 small lemons (or enough lemons to make 1 1/2 cups lemon juice)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar (I used your basic refined, white sugar)
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 8 cups cold water
- Combine sugar and 1 1/4 cups water in a pan. Place pan on the stove and turn heat onto medium. Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until sugar dissolves in the water. Set sugar water aside to cool.
- Juice lemons to get 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice. (I had to go buy a citrus juicer since I’d never made lemonade before. I picked one up from Marshall’s for about $3.) Pour lemon juice into a pitcher.
- Add 8 cups of cold water into the pitcher and mix with lemon juice.
- After the sugar water has cooled, add it to the pitcher and stir yet again. (Feel free to taste test at this point to make sure your personal lemon-sugar ratio is just right.)
- Place pitcher in the refrigerator to cool. Serve chilled.
Let me know how it goes! Or, feel free to share your own lemonade recipe in the comments below. Or if you know of other summer drinks I should have tried years ago, please don’t keep me in the dark.