Lemonade always brings me back to scorching hot summer days as a child. My Dad was (and still is) a lover of the sun, a tan that can only be achieved by covering in Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil, and a tall glass of cold pink lemonade- the kind you find in the freezer section at Hannaford and mix with water and have yourself an instant glass of refreshing lemonade. Well, combine the 3 and you could easily find him laying on a folding beach chair in the yard with a glass of lemonade that was meant for him but was always shared with us kids..
Fast forward 20 years and I now, too, enjoy the guilty pleasures of summer and sharing lemonade with my own 4 children.. But not from a can.. Fresh squeezed please! I happen to have a citrus juicer that I was lovingly given on Mothers Day by my daughter so why not make it fresh?!
Here is my favorite fresh squeezed mint lemonade recipe!
What You Will Need:
A citrus juicer;
A large pitcher;
6-10 lemons (depending on size) to make 1 and 1/2 cups of juice;
1 and 1/3 cups of sugar;
9 cups of water;
Optional: mint leaves
1. Combine the sugar with 1 cup of water in a small pot over medium heat just long enough to dissolve the sugar completely. Set aside to allow the syrup to cool while you move on to the fun stuff!
2. Juice those lemons! (Save the peels for an awesome chemical free degreasing kitchen cleaner). My kids think pulp is synonymous for poison so I strain the juice a few times- but if you like the pulp then skip that step.
3. Add the lemon juice and 8 cups of water to your pitcher.
4. Add your cooled sugar syrup to the pitcher and stir well.
5. Add a few lemon slices and some mint leaves!
(I didn’t create this recipe. I wish I could take credit! I found several recipes on Pinterest that were similar, as well as, one on All Recipes)
Let me know what you think!