Simple Homemade Lemonade

by jerseygirl on July 6, 2012 · 9 comments

 I could easily fry eggs on my sidewalk this week.  The thermometer has been close to 100 almost everyday and this weekend will be no different. I like all the sunshine but I could do without the extreme heat and humidity. This is the perfect time to make homemade lemonade.

Whenever we are at the Jersey shore, my kids want the tall lemonades with the lemons in the glass. One glass costs about four or five dollars. Talk about making lemons into lemonade.  I’ve decided I could make my own pitchers of lemonade and it would cost a small fraction of those boardwalk drinks.  I envision adding some blueberries, vodka and basil to a glass after the kids go to bed but for right now, let’s talk sweet and tart lemonade.

Here are a few tips when making this refreshing concoction:

  • Microwave the lemons for 10 seconds. Then roll them on the counter before cutting them. This make them very juicy.
  • Use superfine sugar as this dissolves best.
  • Add fresh herbs such as basil or mint to spruce things up.
  • To make flavored lemonade, add some blueberries or strawberries. It is really good pureed too.

My kids like to drink it straight up with no added fruit or herbs. I like mine with some fruit, some vodka and a splash of club soda.

It’s going to be a hot one. Stay cool this weekend!

Simple Homemade Lemonade
Recipe type: Beverage
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
So refreshing!
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 large lemons, juiced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • plenty of crushed ice
  1. In a small saucepan, mix together the sugar and 1 cup of water. Heat on medium until sugar dissolves. Put the sugar water, regular water, lemon juice and sliced lemon in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir.
You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less sugar to your liking.


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Kate July 7, 2012 at 4:47 am

I’m kinda jealous of the warm weather! It got cold here again. Like someone forgot it was summer.

claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine July 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

I love fresh lemons, they are so healthy I wrote a whole article on them. Everyone should take the time to have fresh lemonade this is the perfect recipe… love it!

Danielle D'Ambrosio July 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

It has been HOT! I love this lemonade – we usually sit some jalapenos in ours for a bit of a kick!

Velva July 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

I can relate to the extreme heat and humidity. Fresh made lemonade sound really refreshing. A bit of vodka added to this summer drink sounds really good.
The idea of microwaving the lemons for 10 seconds will be something I will do in the future.


Karen Harris July 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I love lemonade and I’m with Velva, a shot of vodka makes it all the better. Your blog has a beautiful new look since my last visit. I love it!

Mary July 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

This sounds so refreshing and your photos of the lemonade are spectacular. I have to make a pitcher of this. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

Culinary Cory July 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Cool and refreshing on these hot summer days.

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Love how crystal clear this lemonade is. Can’t wait to try it.

Ramona July 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thanks for the lemons tip

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