I have tried several new recipes this week. I am always looking for recipes to put in a family cookbook I am making, and only two made the cut this week. One was a muffin recipe, and the other a fresh lemonade recipe. Here we sit in the middle of a hot summer, so what a great time to make a refreshing beverage.
This is an easy homemade lemonade recipe. Lemonade should be a summer staple, but it seems I just don’t make it often, but I want to change that. All it takes is fresh lemons, ice cubes, simple syrup, and cold water.
The recipe calls for 1 cup of lemon juice. You can use bottled juice or fresh lemon juice. I decided to use fresh lemon juice. I looked up how many lemons it takes to produce a cup of lemon juice, and the range varies based on the size of the lemons. Some sites say 3-4 large lemons, and some say 6-8 lemons. I bought 8 average-sized lemons and used 7 lemons for the desired amount. I used the remaining lemon for garnish.
The tool I use to juice the lemons is a lemon squeezer. This is a simple and easy way to extract my cup of lemon juice.
This recipe calls for simple syrup. Simple syrup is a mixture of sugar and water and is very easy to make.
How to make Simple Syrup
Some people make their simple syrup in a saucepan on the stove, but I find it quicker and easier to use the microwave. Simple syrup is a simple mixture of sugar and water. The most common ratio for simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar. I use a 2-cup glass microwavable measuring cup. I put one cup of sugar in, followed by one cup of water. I stir it up and put it in the microwave for two minutes on high. I then take it out and stir again and then mircowave it again for a minute or until the sugar is dissolved. I take it out, stir it up, give the mixture some time to cool, and then use it in the recipe. I also use this technique when I make my iced tea.
Check out the printable Recipe below…
Refreshing Homemade Lemonade
- 6 Cups Water-divided
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, seeds removed
- Make the Simple Syrup-Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a 2-cup microwavable glass measuring cup and stir.
- Microwave water and sugar on high for 2 minutes, remove and stir, and microwave again on high for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Stir and set aside to cool.
- While the simple syrup cools, juice your lemons.
- Combine simple syrup and lemon juice. Add this mixture to the 5 remaining cups of water and stir.
- Pour over ice and serve or place in the refrigerator until cold and serve.
Recommended Equipment Plus a Few Things Just For Fun!
If you need some items for your lemonade-making experience, here are a few I found on Amazon. (I am an Amazon Affiliate. If you buy any items using my links, I get a small % of the sale with no added cost to you).
I have a lemon squeezer which I love and use frequently. I already have a nice glass pitcher and measuring cup. I love the lemon hat:-)
Here are the Amazon Links
5-Drinking Glasses, 12 Piece Glass Cups Set. Includes 4 Highball Glasses(17 oz.) 4 Rocks Glasses(13 oz.) 4 Juice Glasses(7 oz.) By Home Essentials & Beyond. Ideal for Water, Juice, Beer, cocktail. Dishwasher Safe.