Healthy Homemade Lemonade

The Homemade Old Fashioned Lemonade is the most refreshing drink, easy to make and perfect if you have a bunch of lemons to use up.

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How To Make Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade only requires three ingredients, lemons, sugar, and water, but if you were to mix these three, you would have a gritty drink that would taste very sour.

The fix to this is making a simple syrup out of sugar and water to sweeten the lemon juice.

In a medium-sized saucepan, measure out half a cup of granulated white sugar and add.

Pour over half a cup of cold water and place the saucepan over medium heat. Simple syrup is a classic in cocktails, mocktails, and many other drinks.

It’s called simple syrup because it’s made out of equal parts sugar and water, heated together to dissolve the sugar, then used to sweeten. Simple.

Stir the sugar and water a few times until it heats up, and the sugar starts to dissolve. It should turn from a cloudy shade into crystal clear.

Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the simple syrup from the heat and leave to cool. While the simple syrup is cooling, we’re going to start with the lemons.

We will make enough lemonade for about four glasses worth, but the great thing about this recipe is it’s so simple to double triple or even halve the recipe to make as much as you want.

When juicing lemons or any citrus to get the most amount of juice out of the fruit, make sure to roll it on the chopping board first. It helps to soften the fruit, releasing the juices.

To juice the lemons, you can use a juicer, a handheld juicer, a squeezer, or even squeeze it manually.

Use six small lemons to get about 3/4 a cup of juice. You may be tempted to use the bottles of lemon juice, but those are mostly reconstituted, so you never get the same flavor and freshness as you do with fresh lemons.

Pour the lemon juice into the pitcher through a sieve to strain out any of the seeds.

This lemonade is so refreshing on a hot day, or even if you feel like an ice-cold drink, and it’s perfect as a mixer for cocktails.

If you don’t like the idea of this lemonade being still, you can easily make it fizzy by adding soda water or sparkling water instead of still.

Continue with the remainder of lemons until you have enough lemon juice.

The simple syrup should have cooled by now; it doesn’t have to be too cold as we’ll add ice to make sure it isn’t hot. Add 3/4 cup of the simple syrup to the pitcher. Everyone has different taste buds, but usually, a 1-1 ratio of lemon juice and simple syrup works well.

Add a few handfuls of ice to cool the drink down. If you’re not drinking this straight away, leave the ice until you’re serving. It will melt down and dilute the lemonade.

Fill up the pitcher with cold water, about 3 cups.

It’s a very simple recipe, so make sure to make it according to your tastes. Have a taste of the lemonade at this point; if you think its too tart, add more simple syrup, too strong add some more water.

To finish off the lemonade before serving, slice a lemon and add the slices into the drink. It helps to add a yellow touch to the drink as the lemonade tends to be quite pale.

I also love to add a few mint leaves, it adds an incredible freshness, and I love the green. Use a spoon to mix everything together, and it’s ready to serve.

Next time you have a bunch of lemons, and you’re not sure what to do with them, definitely try this lemonade.

It’s super simple to make a so refreshing.

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Healthy Homemade Lemonade Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This Healthy homemade lemonade is so refreshing on a hot day, or even if you feel like an ice-cold drink, and it’s perfect as a mixer for cocktails.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy lemonade recipe, how to make lemonade with lemon juice
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 Cups Water
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Add the sugar and water to a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set to the side for the simple syrup to cool.

  3. Juice 6-8 lemons to get at least one cup of lemon juice.

  4. Pour the lemon juice to a pitcher with 1 cup of the simple syrup

  5. Add a few handfuls of ice and fill with 4 cups of water.

  6. Taste the lemonade and adjust with water or simple syrup to taste.

  7. Serve with freshly cut lemon slices and mint leaves.

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