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Perfect Lemonade

Did you ever have a Lemonade stand when you were a kid?  Have you ever bought a paper cup of Lemonade from a small child when you passed by their Lemonade stand at a local yard sale? Did you know that sitting up a Lemonade stand is the first lesson a lot of kids learn in business skills?  There’s a lot to be said for good ole Lemonade.  

When we think of a thirst quencher on a hot summer day, we often think of acidic drinks like Lemonade.  When we first drink that cold glass of Lemonade, the acidity convinces our mouths that the Lemonade is quenching our thirst.  Then for some reason, we keep going back for another glass every five minutes.  Why?  Well first and foremost, because it’s cold, tart and delicious, but also because Lemonade is actually a dehydrator.  Acidic, sugary drinks like Lemonade actually pull water from our bodies and promote dehydration.

So, if you’re working outside in the heat and want some hydration, you might want to reach for some water, but if you’re sitting on the front porch enjoying a lazy day, go ahead and reach for that cold glass of Lemonade.  

Here’s how I made perfect Lemonade…  

perfectlemonade - 11 First I poured some water and sugar into a medium sauce pan…perfectlemonade - 12

I whisked the sugar into the water and brought the sugar and water to a boil, making a simple syrup, and removed it from the heat to cool…

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Next I squeezed several lemons through a strainer into a large measuring cup…

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Then I zested a couple of lemons…

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And added it to the lemon juice…

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Next, I poured the lemon juice and zest into a drink dispenser, big enough to hold a gallon of liquid…

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And I added the cooled simple syrup and mixed it with a wooden spoon…

Then I suddenly got this crazy idea, although you don’t need to do this next step, it’s optional…

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You see I had some extra lemons, so I sliced them and removed the seeds…

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Then I transferred them to a small sauce pan…

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And added some sugar…

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And some water…

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And brought them to a boil and removed them from the heat and let them cool…

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Then I added them to the lemonade mixture and added cold water to make almost one gallon, allowing for ice to be added…

Is that easy or what?  Of course you don’t have to add the last step with the lemon slices and it will still be great, but what the heck…

 

Make this for your next outdoor summer get together and enjoy!

Cindy @ My Country Table

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Perfect Lemonade


  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 30

Description

A cold, lemony, slightly tart and refreshing summer time drink.


Ingredients

For the Lemonade

  • 14-16 lemons, depending on size, enough for 2 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Zest of two lemons

For the Lemon Slices

  • (optional)
  • 3 lemons sliced and seeds removed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

For the Lemonade

  1. Pour the water and sugar into a medium size sauce pan. Bring to a boil and dissolve sugar, making a simple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Squeeze the juice from enough lemons to make 2 1/2 cups lemon juice. Zest two of the lemons and add the zest to the lemon juice.
  3. Pour the lemon juice into a one gallon pitcher or drink dispenser. Add the cooled simple syrup.
  4. Add enough water to make almost one gallon, allowing for ice, and stir well. Add more sugar to taste. If adding the optional lemon slices, don’t add the water until the end.

For the Lemon Slices

  1. Place lemons in a small sauce pan. Add the sugar and water. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Cool completely. Add the mixture to the lemonade mixture. Add enough water to make almost one gallon, (you need to allow for adding ice). Stir with a wooden spoon and serve.

Notes

  • A second option for the lemon slices is to lay them flat on a cookie sheet and freeze them, and pour the simple syrup from them in ice trays and freeze. Then add the frozen lemon slices and ice cubes to the pitcher or dispenser when ready to serve the lemonade.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 7

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