I am not a food purist by any stretch. Not everything has to be from scratch and convenience foods can and do make my life a whole lot easier when it comes to cooking. However, do NOT mess with me on lemonade, ok? Simply put, store bought lemonade has never and will never taste as good as homemade. I’m going to share my mom’s recipe for Easy Homemade Lemonade with you today, so that you too can kick store bought lemonade to the curb.
How easy is this recipe? Well, in the time that it would take you to get in the car and run to the store to buy the imposter, your homemade lemonade would be done. Unless of course you don’t have lemons, and then well, you have to go to the store. Sorry, I can’t help you with everything.
Easy Homemade Lemonade
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cold water
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice about 8-10 lemons
- 8 cups cold water
In a small saucepan ,stir sugar,1 cup water and lemon zest together. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let mixture cool completely. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher to remove lemon zest. Add cold water and fresh lemon juice and stir well. Refrigerate.
And now what do you do with that lemony deliciousness sitting in a pitcher? Well I’m glad you asked. Here are few suggestions:
Freeze some in ice cube trays for your mixed drinks.
Or freeze it all in ice cube trays then toss in a blender for a frozen treat.
Add fresh raspberries or strawberries to the pitcher.
Add a little of your favourite vice. I’m partial the clear stuff – you know, vodka, tequila, rum.
Let the kids host a lemonade stand and charge a premium. What? This stuff is good.
Pour into popsicle molds for a refreshing treat on a hot day.