Lemonade Recipe in a glass pitcher.
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Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade is an easy, simple, classic and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed all year round, but mostly during the hot summer days.

All you need is 3 ingredients: sugar, lemon juice and water. That’s it.

It is surely a thirst quencher during the hot summer days. Also perfect for all the back yard barbecue by the pool side and potluck party.

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My daughter loves when I make a pitcher of this Homemade Lemonade or my Strawberry Lemonade. She will drink it all day, if you don’t monitor her.

So I make sure to double the recipe, just so we all can enjoy a glass of this perfectly mixture of sweet and tangy Lemonade.

A refreshing glass of Lemonade.

Lemonade or Limeade

This easy Lemonade Recipe was a everyday drink back home in Jamaica. However, we didn’t use lemons, but some limes.

Yep! Just go outside in the backyard, pick some limes off the tree, get some brown sugar, water and some ice cubes and we have a big pitcher of lemonade.

So what I normally do is instead of adding all 1 and a half cups of lemon juice, I would divide it between lemon and lime juice. 1 cup of lemon juice and half cup of lime juice. But that’s just my preference.

Lemonade Ingredients

For this simple summer drink, you only need 3 ingredients.

Sugar: White Granulated Sugar. You can use less sugar, if you want it to be less sweet.

Lemons: Freshly squeezed lemons are the best. It gives a much better taste.

Water: Use room temperature water or cold water.

Lemonade Recipe.

The Classic way of making Lemonade

I am not used to turning on my stove to make this refreshing drink. I am used to the good ole fashion way: just adding all the ingredients, stir and put it in the refrigerator to cool or pour it over some ice cubes in a glass.

Yes some of the sugar will settle at the bottom of the pitcher.

However, after awhile it will dissolved. Plus, by stirring before serving it, that helps also.

Seriously, who has time to turn on a stove, wait for the sugar to melt and then wait for the syrup to cool down to make a drink?

If that is your way of making it, then that’s okay (I ain’t mad at you). I have included below on how to make a simple syrup if you choose to.

Making a Simple Syrup

To make a simple syrup for your lemonade, all you have to do is heat some sugar and water in a sauce pan. It’s that simple.

In a medium sauce pan, add the 2 cups of white granulated sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove it from the heat and all to cool.

Also, once it is cool, you can choose to place it in the refrigerator to chill until you are ready to finish making your lemonade drink.

A glass full of lemonade.

Can I use Bottled Lemon Juice to make this Lemonade?

Yes, you can use bottled lemon juice to make this simply refreshing summer drink.

Whenever I am unable to find lemons in the supermarket, I used some bottled lemon juice.

It gets the job done, but nothing like freshly squeezed lemon juice though.

How to store Lemonade?

Store this classic drink in the refrigerator for up to a week (without any ice cubes) in it to keep cool.

Since the ice cubes will melt out over time (if added to it), it will water down the drink, leaving it without any taste at all.

When you are ready to serve it, then add ice cubes into a glass and pour the lemonade over it.

How to make Lemonade from scratch?

Firstly, if you are going to make the simple syrup, do that and allow it to cool (room temperature). You can allow it to chill in the refrigerator in the mean time.

Secondly, juice the lemons and strain them through a fine mesh strainer.

Juicing lemons to make the lemonade.

Thirdly, add the sugar or the simple syrup, lemon juice and the water (if you did the simple syrup, then add the remaining water) in a pitcher. Stir. Add lemon slices to the lemonade, if you choose.

Adding the granulated sugar to the pitcher.
Adding lemon juice to the granulated sugar.
Adding water to the lemon juice and granulated sugar to make Lemonade.
Slicing lemons.

Finally, place the pitcher with the lemonade in the refrigerator to chill or if in a hurry, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour over it. Enjoy.

Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 8 cups Water, divided
  • Lemon Slices (optional)

Instructions

  1. If making the Simple Syrup: In a medium sauce pan, add the 2 cups white granulated sugar and 1 and a half cups water and mix together. Bring it to boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Roll each lemon on a flat surface. This helps it produce more juice and make it much easier to juice. Squeeze each lemon to make 1 and a half cups. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Add the white granulated sugar or the simple syrup, the lemon juice or a mixture of lemon and lime juice (*see notes above) and the water (if you did the simple syrup, then add the remaining water) in a pitcher. Mix together.
  4. Place the pitcher with the lemonade into the refrigerator without ice cubes in it to chill. Also, you can add some extra slices of lemons in the pitcher too.
  5. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the drink over it and serve. Add lemon slices, if you choose to when serving. Enjoy a glass of lemonade.

Notes

  • You can make a simple syrup or just use the good ole fashion way by just adding the sugar with the lemon juice and water and mix.
  • If you make the simple syrup, allow it to chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the lemonade.
  • You can do a mixture of lemon and lime juice instead of the all lemon juice, if you choose to. 1 cup of lemon juice and half cup of lime juice.
  • Do not add ice cubes to the lemonade when you place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Lemonade in a pitcher and glass with lemon slices on a cutting board.

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Blessings and Love, as you carry on, on your YouNique Journey!

Lemonade Recipe in a glass pitcher.

Lemonade Recipe

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Lemonade is an easy, simple, classic and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed all year round, but mostly during the hot summer days. All you need is 3 ingredients: sugar, lemon juice and water. That's it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 8 cups Water, divided
  • Lemon Slices (optional)

Instructions

  1. If making the Simple Syrup: In a medium sauce pan, add the 2 cups white granulated sugar and 1 and a half cups water and mix together. Bring it to boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Roll each lemon on a flat surface. This helps it produce more juice and much more easier to juice. Squeeze each lemon to make 1 and a half cups. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Add the white granulated sugar or the simple syrup, the lemon juice or a mixture of lemon and lime juice (*see notes above) and the water in a pitcher. Mix together.
  4. Place the pitcher with the lemonade into the refrigerator without ice cubes in it to chill. Also, you can add some extra slices of lemons in the pitcher too.
  5. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the drink over it and serve. Add lemon slices, if you choose to when serving. Enjoy a glass of lemonade.

Notes

  • You can make a simple syrup or just use the good ole fashion way by just adding the sugar with the lemon juice and water and mix.
  • If you make the simple syrup, allow it to chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the lemonade.
  • You can do a mixture of lemon and lime juice instead of the all lemon juice, if you choose to. 1 cup of lemon juice and half cup of lime juice.
  • Do not add ice cubes to the lemonade when you place it in the refrigerator to chill.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 41gProtein: 0g

The nutritional information that is provided, is computer generated and therefore it is an estimate. Please do your own research with the ingredients that are listed here, if you have any concern about any specific diet or your health.

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