Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

I am not a huge lemonade fan. The bitterness is just too much for me. Now I can down some Chick-Fil-A lemonade in half a millisecond, but that is usually the only lemonade I can handle.

Until last night.

Dun dun dun!

Out of the blue I decided I wanted to make some Lemonade. It may have had something to do with the fact that I had an adorable three year old over at my house the other day and she asked for some lemonade to drink. Usually the mention of lemonade has no affect on me ever wanting to drink any... but I just could not get it out of my head. So yesterday afternoon we headed to the grocery store to get a bag-o-lemons so I could try my hand at making some fresh lemonade.

I'm not gonna lie. I don't even know why I am doing a "recipe post" on something this simple. I guess I am kind of desperate for things to blog about these days. Ah well. Here is the simple yet yummy lemonade recipe I found online yesterday!

You are going to need 6-7 lemons, depending on how large they are. (I used seven, just so ya know.)

Roll the lemon around between the counter and your hand in order to get the juices flowing in there. It makes juicing a lemon SO much easier when you do this first.

After you get done rolling the lemons around on your counter, slice them in half.

Such a pretty yellow! I need to figure out how practical it would be to grow my own lemons. I mean, can I just plant a lemon tree or something? I am sure those are a bit pricey. But boy would it be convenient to just run out to the backyard when I wanted to make some lemonade!

Quick tip: If you hold the lemons like this while squeezing them you will be less likely to have those pesky seeds floating around in your lemon juice.

Rachel ray taught me this a couple years ago. I have been forever grateful.

See! The little seeds just pop up to the top of the lemon for you to grab and throw away. Convenient!

After about seven lemons are squeezed you should end up with one cup of juice. IF you happen to be a lemon short I would not look down on you for using store bought lemon juice to top it off. But only if you have too! The fresh squeezed stuff is the best.

Now you are going to need 6-7 cups of water (I used somewhere between 6.5 and 7. I am a wimp when it comes to tangy drinks)...

And one cup of sugar. (I am eventually going to try and work us down to 1/2 a cup)

Now mix the lemon juice, water and sugar together in a pitcher (add more water if need be). The recipe said to use a one gallon pitcher, but all I had was a half gallon and it held everything perfectly. So don't sweat the one gallon thing.

Stir everything together and wala, you have some fresh lemonade!

I HAD a full glass right before this picture was taken but I couldn't contain myself. I just had to take a gulp. It was sooooo good. You know whats even better? It has zero preservatives or artificial sweeteners. Score! I will seriously never buy lemonade from the store again. This is just too easy not to make.

Try it, I think you will like it!!

Fresh Lemonade

6-7 lemons (1 cup of lemon juice)
6 cups water
1 cup sugar

Juice lemons and mix the lemon juice, water and sugar into a one gallon pitcher. Serve with fresh lemon slices. Enjoy!


jamie b said...

looks so refreshing! bryan is obsessed with lemonade. gotta make him some of this :)

Anonymous said...

I sure could have used a glass of this refreshing, good for me lemonade while I was out in the sun all week at work!!


smittengreta said...

yay! three cheers for lemonade! and lark! :)