This is absolutely the best lemonade recipe we have ever tried. The process is quick and easy and uses the standard simple syrup and fresh squeezed lemons. The balance of sweet and tart is perfect.
1 c sugar
1 c very hot water
1 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
enough cold water and ice to make 1/2 gallon
1 lemon, sliced for garnish (optional)
mint sprigs (optional)
- In a half-gallon pitcher, combine hot water and sugar. Stir until well dissolved. Set aside.
- Juice enough lemons to make 1 cup of fresh juice.
- Stir into the sugar syrup in pitcher. Add enough water and ice to fill the pitcher. 1/2 gallon.
- Pour lemonade into tall glasses filled with ice and garnish with lemon slice and mint spring, if desired.
For a fun serving idea try putting mason jars in the freezer for several hours. When you take them out they will be nice and frosty. Dampen the rim with a little water on your finger, or run a lemon slice around it; immediately invert the jar into some granulated sugar. Carefully fill jar with ice and lemonade. Garnish with a lemon slice and serve immediately.
Another fun way to enjoy homemade lemonade is with a stick of rock candy. These can be made with any flavor; try strawberry rock candy with a refreshing glass of lemonade for a delicious treat.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8
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Pink lemonade can be made in a number of different ways. One of the most popular is to use a little grenadine; however, you can use a couple of drops of red food coloring, or even some syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries. Another popular method of making pink lemonade recipe calls for the use of cranberry juice. If you use cranberry juice, you will probably want to add a little more sugar in order to compensate for the tartness of the cranberries.
How to Make Lemonade
Whether you are interested making a delicious homemade lemonade, pink lemonade or strawberry lemonade, you are going to need a good lemonade recipe. The recipe we provided above is without a doubt the best recipe we have ever tried and we’ve tried a lot of lemonade recipes!
Learning how to make lemonade will typically involve making a simple syrup, which we’ve shortened with the hot water and sugar combined in the pitcher. There is no need to cook the syrup on the stove, we simply heat 1 cup of water in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, then pour it into the pitcher and stir in the sugar. The sugar will dissolve completely and the mixture will cool down sufficiently while you are juicing the lemons.
How to Make Strawberry Lemonade
The easiest way to make strawberry lemonade is to use a 10-oz package of frozen strawberries. Partially thaw, then stir into the lemonade recipe above. If you like, you can puree part of the strawberries in a food processor or blender, but this is not necessary.
Sparkling strawberry lemonade is also great, but takes a little more time and effort.
How to Make Watermelon Lemonade
Watermelon lemonade is a refreshing twist on a traditional lemonade. Simply place 1 cup watermelon chunks in a blender; process until smooth. Strain with a fine mesh sieve.
To prepare the lemonade: add 3 Tbsp watermelon juice into a tall glass; top with cold lemonade and ice cubes. Enjoy!