Mandie's Dinner Diner

July 2, 2010

Homemade Lemonade

Filed under: Beverages and Drinks, Uncategorized — ruralmomof3 @ 7:31 pm
I love lemonade shake-ups from the fair!!! Love them, love them, love them!!! At home, I can make up a batch of homemade lemonade by the pitcher full instead and it’s nearly as tasty and there’s no shaking involved (unless you count the wiggly jiggles the boys get helping me!)

The Recipe:

2 Fresh Lemons- washed
1 cup sugar
water and ice to fill 2 qt pitcher

Hand the lemons to your best kitchen helpers under the age of 13 or so (adults can do this too but it’s not quite as fun for us). Tell them to beat up the lemons. Let them pound them on the table, throw them on the floor (will have to re-wash if your floor is like mine), etc but don’t break the skin. Beat up the lemons until they are soft and squishy. This breaks all those little “juice bags” that make up the pulp of the lemons and lets the juice run free! In a bowl or right over the pitcher, slice or quarter the lemons. Make sure all the juice is poured into the pitcher with them. Pour the sugar over them in the pitcher and using a potator masher or similar device, squish and mush the lemons into the sugar until the sugar is fully “wetted”. If you have a little time, let this stand on the counter for 2 seconds up to one hour. If you don’t have 2 seconds, immediately fill the pitcher halfway up with water. Sitr until all the sugar dissolves and then add ice (crushed or shaved would be awesome but we can’t wait that long at our house!).



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  1. Just reading your description makes me crave not only the lemonade but the fun of making it with youngsters. I also like your recommendations regarding the use of fresh lemons in lemonade especially getting everyone involved in pounding them to make the lemons juicier. Unfortunately where I live we don’t have easy access to fresh lemons. But I have figured out a solution. What I do is just go online and order from growers that pick them right off the trees and ship them direct — a tip I learned from my cousin in Minnesota. This way I get fresh lemons picked from the tree without all the time with the lemons sitting in cartons, trucks and warehouses as whey they are shipped from growers to markets all over the country.
    Can you tell me if you think Meyer lemons would work any differently that standard lemons? Or no?
    Arcata, CA

    Comment by columela evoo — July 4, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    • I have never had any Meyer lemons but my understanding is that they are sweeter than regular lemons. With that “theory” I’ll say that you can use them the same except you might add less sugar. Taste Meyer lemonade with 1/2 cup sugar and add more only if needed.

      Comment by ruralmomof3 — August 6, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

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