When life throws you lemons, make lemonade! A classic saying that rings true for anyone who loves a crisp and refreshing glass of this common citrus and sugar-based beverage. Although traditionally made using lemons, sugar, and water, lemonade makes the perfect base for creating new tasty drinks. You can jazz up a glass of your own lemonade with a few nifty tricks, or an entire pitcher with great recipe ideas.
If you enjoy drinking lemonade, continue reading to learn how to make some delicious renditions that are perfect for warmer weather!
When it comes to making anything, using premium-quality ingredients is the secret to making it great. As for lemonade, you can start from scratch using lemons, white sugar, and water, or you can work from a premade lemonade drink. This can be the lemonade you ordered with your lunch, a powdered lemonade mix, or a lemonade can. If you are interested in a lower-calorie beverage, try swapping white sugar for your favorite sugar-substitute, such as Stevia® or Splenda®.
Standard Lemonade Recipe From Scratch:
🍋 9 Lemons
🍋 1 ¾ Cup White Sugar
🍋 8 Cups Cold Water
🍋 1 Gallon Pitcher
❶ Combine 1 cup of water and 1 ¾ cups sugar in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves and a syrup is formed.
❷ Transfer the syrup mixture into a plastic container and store in the refrigerator until it has cooled down completely.
❸ Juice all of the lemons to make 1 ½ cups of juice. Remove any seeds but keep any bits of pulp.
❹ Trick of the Trade: Firmly roll the lemons between your hand and counter top before cutting them in half to juice.
❺ In your pitcher, combine your syrup, lemon juice, and the remaining 7 cups of water. Stir thoroughly and adjust water to taste.
❻ Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Serve over ice.
Recipes for Enhancing your Lemonade:
Bars and Restaurants
If you are out on the town, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your standard glass of lemonade. One popular trick is to request an orange slice with your lemonade to add to citrusy profile. If you really love the flavor, you can enhance it further by squeezing two orange slices into your drink, or requesting a slash of OJ in your lemonade.
Another great restaurant trick that can make your lemonade taste even better is to request cherries. Maraschino cherry juice is a wonderful additive to lemonade, making is sweet and colorful. Kids really enjoy this trick, and best of all, it’s free!
After you have prepared a pitcher of classic lemonade, you can add ingredients to create a unique and delightful new lemon drink. For instance, adding fresh herbs like rosemary, mint, cinnamon sticks, or bergamot, can instantly add flavor to lemonade. Just be sure to strain before serving, especially if using rosemary.
If you are after something sweeter, one of the most beloved lemonade recipes is strawberry lemonade. Just muddle fresh cut strawberries with sugar and store in the refrigerator. Then the next day, you can add a scoop to your glass, or the whole thing to your pitcher. You can do this with other fruits too, such as raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, cherries, and oranges.