LEMONADE x 4

When Amy posted the “Lemonade Stand” item on her blog, it got me thinking about the gallons of refreshing lemonade I am going to be making this Summer. I just can’t get enough!

Lemons were on sale at the grocery store today, so I bought a half dozen and mixed their juice with some frozen strawberries I had on hand. The tartness of the lemon combined with that sweet strawberry taste made a really nice, refreshing Summer drink. Frozen lemonade concentrate works nicely as well, but at this time of year it is especially nice to have beautiful fresh lemons.

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons)
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), pureed
4-5 cups cold water
1/4 cup sugar (add more or less, to taste)

Puree the strawberries (if frozen, let soften slightly first).
Combine the lemon juice, pureed strawberries and water.
Mix thoroughly, then add sugar to taste.

CHERRY LEMONADE
1 cup sugar (add more or less, to taste)
1 cup water
1 pound fresh cherries, washed and pitted (about 2 cups)
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons)
6 cups cold water

Heat sugar and water in a small pot until sugar dissolves.
Add cherries and bring to a boil.
Boil until cherries begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
Set aside to cool.

Strain cooled cherry syrup into a large pitcher.
Press on the cherries to release the juice.
Add lemon juice and cold water.
Pour over ice.

Though this recipe is delicious as is, it has a very subtle cherry flavor.
Next time I make it I will double the amount of cherries.

HONEY-GINGER LEMONADE
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup peeled fresh ginger slices
7 sprigs fresh mint
4-5 cups water
4 cups ice cubes

Put the juice, honey, ginger, and 1 chopped sprig of the mint in a large pitcher.
Stir, pressing the mint and ginger to release flavor.
Add the water and stir until the honey dissolves, then add the ice.

WATERMELON LEMONADE
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons)
1/2 cup honey (add more or less, to taste)
4-5 cups water
Crushed chunks of watermelon
4 cups ice cubes

Make up the pitcher of lemonade first.
Fill tall glass 1/4 (or 1/3) full of trimmed, juicy red, seeded watermelon.
Crush watermelon with a fork or spoon. You have to do this ‘in’ the glass
to preserve the juice. You should have very small chunks left.
Add the lemonade and stir well. Add more ice cubes, if desired.

NOTE:
There are all kinds of recipes for this drink on the internet, but I like it better when there are little bites of watermelon that come up through my straw. That’s why I do it this way. You can also puree the watermelon and add it if you like it that way better. And, as with all recipes, just juggle the ingredients according to your taste – more or less – until you hit the right fit for you. Enjoy!

When Kathy & I were shopping in Costco the other day, we found these bottles of carbonated lemonade. Another woman was putting a case of six into her cart and we asked about how she liked it. She raved and exclaimed over how delicious it was, so we were ‘sold’ and bought some to try. Yes, it is very nice, but I won’t likely buy it again. Kathy & Bill liked it a whole lot better than I did.

My all-time favorite drink from my teen years was “Schweppes Bitter Lemon” but I haven’t seen it in a very long time. Sometimes on the east coast you’ll find it, but I have never seen it ever on the west coast. In Canada, bitter lemon was available under several brand names in the 1960’s but it hasn’t been around there since the 1980’s. So much for that memory.

By and by, nothing tastes better than refreshing lemonade.
No matter how you squeeze it!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. These look so good! Especially the honey-ginger and cherry versions. I’ll have to give them a try. We’re still waiting for our lemonade stand to arrive, and we may have to sell some of this fancy lemonade too.

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  2. I love lemonade, and will be making these recipes pronto, they look so delicious, yum! Lemonade on a hot day is even better!

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