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Homemade Lemonade

Posted by Denise on May 19, 2011

Homemade lemonade in pitcher


Sitting on the front porch, sharing a icy cold pitcher of homemade, fresh squeezed lemonade. Does anything say summer better than the mental picture you get when you read these words? The really nice part of this is that with a tiny bit of preparation, this can be your reality any day this summer.

This is one of the perfect ways to use the simple syrup we prepared the other day and have waiting for us in the refrigerator. What, you haven’t made it yet? No problem, you can sweeten with plain sugar, but the extra step for simple syrup takes only a few minutes. Make it up while you are cutting and juicing the lemons.

Lemons produce more juice if you roll them on the counter for a moment until they start to feel a little soft (not to be confused with too ripe, soft lemons…soften them yourself starting with firm lemons). This breaks the membranes inside the lemon up slighting, allowing the juice to be released.

Once softened, use a juicer, either a hand powered one or an electric one, it’s all good. You will need 1 to 2 lemons per glass, depending on how strong you want it and how large and juicy your lemons are. I like to juice into a measuring cup with a pouring spout to better pour the juice into a glass.

You should experiment a little on the mix you prefer for your  lemonade. For every quarter-cup of lemon juice squeezed, we like to add one-half cup of simple syrup and one cup of ice water. I like it sort of strong, so I add a little more lemon juice. My husband, Glenn, doesn’t like it as strong as I do, so he cuts it with a little more ice water. Our son, Andy, likes it sweeter, so he adds more simple syrup. Any way you make it, there is nothing better to beat the heat this summer than a sweet and tangy glass of homemade lemonade. And you don’t even have to break a sweat to prepare it!

Oh, and please note the striped glasses in the photo. Mom took the three of us on the most AMAZING vacation, a river cruise on the Danube, Maine, and Rhine Rivers, in Europe last summer and we bought several of the glasses in the beautiful little town of Regensburg, Germany. I couldn’t resist them and we carefully hauled them through half of Europe and home in our carryon luggage. It seemed fitting to use them for the homemade lemonade.




Homemade Lemonade

6-8 servings




homemade lemonade ingredients 

Ingredients for making homemade lemonade




Ingredients for making 6 glasses, one whole pitcher


12  lemons, approximately, making about 2 to 2.5 cups of juice

3    cups simple syrup, more or less depending on your taste

4    cups of ice water, more or less depending on your taste





1.    Roll lemons on counter to soften slightly. Slice in half around middle.  


cutting lemons for homemade lemonade



2.    Juice lemons.


squeezing lemons for homemade lemonade


3.    Add water and simple syrup to taste.


4.    Ice and enjoy!



homemade lemonade





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