Homemade Lemonade,

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Happy Wednesday!  Making homemade lemonade is one of those super simple activities that I don’t do nearly enough.  This past Sunday I reaaaaally wanted a treat, but I’m sure you remember that I’m saving up for a travel adventure, which means NO treats! At least no treats that I have to pay for. After gazing longingly into my freezer and still not seeing any ice cream, I spun around and spotted an enormous bowl of lemons on my countertop and that’s how this homemade lemonade recipe was born.

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I’m using the term recipe loosely.  It’s really just water, lemon juice and simple syrup, but hey, there’s ingredients and there’s an order in which to add them so therefore it’s a recipe?!

Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice (about three pounds of baby lemons)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 gallon of cold water

Instructions

  1. Combine three cups of water and three cups of sugar in a small sauce pot and turn onto high. Once bubbling, turn down to medium low and allow to simmer and thicken for at least 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Juice a LOT of lemons until you end up with at least 2 1/4 cups of fresh lemon juice.
  3. Combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice and cold water in a large gallon pitcher.
  4. Stir in half the simple syrup and give it a taste. Continue adding simple syrup about a 1/4 cup at a time until you find your desired sweetness. (My man has a sweet tooth. I used all 3 cups!)
http://liveseasoned.com/homemade-lemonade/

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I must admit, I felt poorly about dumping three cups of sugar into a sauce pot, but let’s be real, lemonade without sugar is lemon water. Lemon water is delicious, but it’s not a treat and that’s what I needed on Sunday. At first I only added a cup and a half of simple syrup and I thought it tasted damn good, but K hated it. I added more sugar hoping he would like it and he did and the best part? I liked it even more! I guess sugar isn’t always a bad thing.  It’s only Wednesday, but we’re almost all out already. I’m actually off to the store now to buy some more lemons while they’re on sale 🙂 As with most things, I love the homemade version way better than anything I could pick up on the market shelves.  It’s a little labor of love and it makes the lemonade taste that much sweeter.

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If you like the snazzy cloudware cup, it’s made by Haand, the pottery company I work for 🙂
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