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Homemade Lemonade Base

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

This is a super simple idea (and not mine). My mom taught me house to do this, mason jar and all, in girl scouts and they were the troop mother’s day gifts one year. It’s a great hostess gift for a party, too because it doesn’t take up that much room in the fridge and will survive a few hours on the counter if it ends up sitting out. It’s also a clever thing to bring as a gift when bringing kids to a mostly grown-up party. This also doubles as a cocktail base.

It is lemonade in its simplest form: simple syrup + freshly squeezed lemon juice. Ginger, lavender or mint could be added to fancy things up. I even like a few drops of peppermint essential oil for a super refreshing drink.

Homemade Lemonade

Lemonade Base:
Makes 1 Pint
lemons, freshly juiced to make 1 cup (about 4-5 small)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

  1. Make simple syrup by putting sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring periodically.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved (everything in the pan looks like a clear liquid), cook for two more minute
  3. Then pour in to a jar to cool in the fridge.
  4. Meanwhile, juice the lemons
  5. After the simple syrup is cooled, pour lemon juice in to jar through a strainer. Unless you like super pulpy lemonade, then just pour it all in unstrained.
  6. Keep the lemonade base in the fridge for up to a week or so.
  7. To make lemonade, shake the lemonade base in the jar, pour 1/4 cup of lemonade base into a glass, add 1/2 of water and ice. Stir.
  8. The ratio is 2:1 for water:lemonade base, expand at will.
Making lemonade from scratch

Safety first! Kid likes his helmet.

Straining lemon juice in to jar

Straining the lemon juice in to the jar


Homemade Lemonade base

How to Make Sparkling Summer Lemonade

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

For some reason I’m working on the recipe posts instead of the party recap (greek(ish) potato salad over a Soup Or Salad today), but really without great pictures a party recap isn’t very fun. And my photos? Not so awesome. We normally serve beer, wine and water at parties with something fun for the kids. Last year I made ginger lemonade by simmering fresh ginger in lemon juice and adding it to store bought lemonade. This year, what with having an overabundant lemon tree in the back yard, I thought I would take a crack at homemade lemonade, which despite my advanced age, I had never attempted.

How to make sparkling lemonade

I decided to juice lemons and make simple syrup and wing it. The limiting factor in my recipe was the lemon juice. I hate my juicer. Hate it. I only juiced 4 cups of lemon juice before I wanted to throw it out the window. I also didn’t count the lemons. 4 cups took maybe 20 lemons. But 4 cups makes a lot of lemonade. If you just want to make a little to drink in the afternoon, juice 3 lemons and just use the ratio.

 Serving suggestions: in glasses or mason jars, by the pitcher or the bucket. Add frozen sliced lemons, ice or frozen lemonade to keep it cold when serving in bulk. A fun trick is to slice a lemon and poke a straw through it. Or, thread a straw through a lemon and then freeze to keep the drink cold and look cute at the same time. (Also a great idea for sangria. Maybe with oranges.)

How to make lemonade

Sparkling Lemonade
makes 5 quarts

4 cups sugar
4 cups water
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
12 cups sparkling water (mineral, plain or club soda works just fine)

  1. Make simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring periodically until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool and set aside. (This can be done the night before and kept the fridge in a clean container with a lid. Any extra will keep for about a week. You can use it to sweeten tea or coffee or just give it to visiting neighbor children and send them home.)
  2. Juice lemons (I recommend an electric juicer. Just not the crappy one I have)
  3. In serving container or pitcher, combine lemon juice, simple syrup and sparkling water in the ratio of 1:1:3. So, for 4 cups of lemon juice, add 4 cups of simple syrup and 12 cups of sparkling water.
  4. Add ice and/or frozen sliced lemons and serve.
  5. If you just want to prep all the ingredients in advance and make it by the glass, I’ve found a shot glass or jigger works well. Just do 1:1:3 over ice. Delicious.


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