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Try It Tuesday: Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

When Life Gives You Lemons...

We've all heard the saying. And while we try to take this advice in our lives - by choosing to look for the good every day, even when things look a bit sour - we are taking this advice literally today by mixing up some fresh-squeezed lemonade from the lemons we were given by our wonderful lemon tree this spring!

What we love about this family recipe is that you can cook up a batch of the concentrate, and then make yourself a glass or a pitcher of lemonade as desired. The concentrate will last in the fridge for up to 3 weeks (or in the freezer for up to 6 months). PS - freeze the concentrate in ice cube trays so you can grab a cube or two to mix up a glass or few handfuls to fill a pitcher - all summer long. Cheers!

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 8-12 lemons)*

Other Materials:

  • Saucepan
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Whisk

Directions:

  1. Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan.
  2. Boil sugar and water for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. You'll notice the mixture goes from cloudy to clear when it's ready.
  3. Turn off heat.
  4. Juice lemons, and stir juice into sugar mixture.
  5. Allow to cool completely.
  6. To make lemonade, mix approximately 2 T syrup with 3/4 cup of water to taste. If you'd like to make a whole batch, combine with approximately 1 gallon of water. Enjoy!

*Note: Don't have fresh lemons? This recipe is nearly as delicious with a high-quality jarred lemon juice such as Santa Cruz Organics or similar.

Cheers!