Our Homemade Lemonade

The year before last, my husband and I bought a juicer to celebrate 10 years of
marriage. Romantic? Well, maybe not, but it has been useful.

TMNT glass optional, but
encouraged.

During our time juicing, we’ve discovered favorite blends, and not so favorite blends. Our favorite, though, is lemonade. I believe the original recipe was somewhere on the internet, but we’ve changed it just enough to make it our own.

As a result, we have a healthy(ish) beverage that has just the right balance of bite and sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium lemons, or enough to make 1 cup lemon concentrate (We always juice a pound of lemons at a time and just refrigerate what we don’t need for future batches and home made cleaning supplies)
  • 1 cup white sugar (feel free to experiment with substitutes)
  • Water
  • Juicer (You could probably juice them by hand, but juicers make it much easier)

Step 1
Wash all of your lemons, peel half of them, and cut them into fourths. Leaving the peel on half gives the final result a stronger, more lemony taste. This particular juicer seems to handle smaller pieces of fruit better.

Of course, check your juicer’s instructions, since I’m not sure if all types handle peels as well as ours does.

Step 2
Juice the lemons. The first cup of concentrate should go into your pitcher. We store the rest of ours in water bottles, since we have about four of the things lying around for some reason.

It seems to keep rather well for two or three weeks, perhaps because of the lemon’s natural antibacterial properties. The ten lemons I used yielded about six cups of concentrate, which translates into six batches of lemonade.

Ours won’t all go to lemonade, though, since I need to make some cleaning supplies.

Step 3
Set the pitcher aside, and bring one cup of water to a boil. Once it’s bubbling away, stir in one cup of sugar until it’s dissolved, then let it bubble for one more minute. That’s your sugar syrup.

After the minute’s up, let it cool for a little while. You don’t want to risk cracking your pitcher by changing its temperature too quickly, right?

Step 4
Once the syrup has cooled a little bit, add it to the concentrate, and fill your pitcher up the rest of the way with room temperature/cool water. Stir it well, and stick it in the fridge for a while.

After an hour or so, pour yourself a nice, refreshing glass of lemonade!

This recipe is a little pulpy, which I personally like, but if you don’t care for the pulp, you could run the concentrate through a fine strainer, or use half a cup instead of a full cup.

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2 thoughts on “Our Homemade Lemonade”

  1. You're a lady with good taste. I like lemonade, too.

    This recipe is SOOOOO good, too. I like it so much better than the store bought stuff. It'd probably work well with a handful of strawberries or raspberries, too. Nom!

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