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May 17, 2012 / amberwoodterracechiro

Summer Drinks: Gotta Love Lemonade

I am not a huge fan of water all the time.  I’m human.  So, when the temperatures start to heat up around here, I could really go for some lemonade.  However, most lemonades at the store are full of sugar, stabilizers, and preservatives.  What’s a girl to do?  Make her own lemonade.  I had never made lemonade from scratch, but I will continue to make it for the occasional weekend treat after I fell in love with my first batch.  I wanted to share the recipe with you guys, because I know I can’t be the ONLY one that loves lemonade!

Ingredients:

bag of lemons

water

raw, local honey

Directions:

First you need to make the simple syrup.  Simple syrup is nothing more than sugar and water.  You can add different flavors to it, like mint, basil, ginger, etc.  However, for my first go around, I wanted to stay pure to standard lemonade.  I can always take a good foundation an throw twists on it!

Take one cup of water and 3/4 cup honey and put them in a saucepan on the stovetop.  Heat them gently until the honey is completely dissolved in the water.  Do not boil!  It shouldn’t take long.  When they are combined, take the pan off of the heat.

While the simple syrup is heating up, begin to half and squeeze lemons until you have 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.  It took me almost an entire bag of lemons, so be prepared!

Combine the lemon juice and the simple syrup in a pitcher, add 4 cups of water.  Done!

Refrigerate until cool and serve over ice.

You could probably use Stevia for a sugarless variety.  Next time I will experiment with herbs from the garden to throw new twists on it.  Until then, I will enjoy the pitcher of the plain stuff. 😉

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  1. Robin Weddell / May 17 2012 1:26 pm

    Sounds yummy, could you use your juicer to get the lemon juice?

    • drangelalucterhand / May 17 2012 2:39 pm

      Not sure how it would turn out since the rind goes in too. May be REALLY lemony. Could always try it out though!

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