Homemade lemonade is one of my favorite things to make in the summertime. Especially since I live in California where I am spoiled by lemon trees growing in our front yard. For a pink lemonade recipe try my Watermelon Lemonade another fantastic summertime treat!
Makes a Great Hostess Gift
This is a wonderful idea for a summer hostess gift and just a little bit more fun than the standard bottle of wine. Before you head to the party, place a sprig of mint at the top of the bottle.
Recipe Pairing Ideas:
- For a main course try my Ultimate Burger Recipe or my Sticky BBQ Ribs
- For side courses try my Traditional Potato Salad or Charred Corn Mexican Salad
- For dessert, try my Blackberry Crumble or my Homemade Mint Chip Ice Cream
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Step#1: Use Fresh Lemons
Making homemade lemonade is really a simple process of just four ingredients fresh Lemons Juice, Water, Agave Syrup, and fresh mint. The lemons must be freshly squeezed! This is not the time for bottled juice.
Step#2: Squeeze the Lemon Juice
Squeezing all these lemons is the most tedious part of the recipe. It helps if you have a fine-mesh strainer to catch the pits or a lemon squeezer.
A Pyrex Pitcher Helps To Measure
The 4-cup Pyrex pitcher is also great to know how far off you are from reaching your goal of 1 ½ cups of juice!
Step#3: Add the Water
Homemade lemonade is as simple as squeezing fresh lemons, adding water, and then adding sweetener. I like to use Agave Syrup since it easily dissolves and is a bit healthier than refined processed sugar.
Substitute Agave Syrup for Sugar
- If you don't have agave syrup, you can use regular sugar just increase the quantity to ¼ cup of sugar. This is a great recipe for kids and grown-ups!
- If serving it for a party, keep the lemonade in the bottles and offer some vodka or gin on the side if the grown-ups want to "spike" their lemonade!
Bottle the Lemonade for Gifting
To present your lemonade for gifting, pour it into a decorative bottle, and attach a summery gift card to it.
Make Your Own Gift Card
Before the season begins, I like to stock up on card stock and a few whimsical stamps, and that way I always have a card to attach!
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- 1 ½ cups (350 ml)of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups (700 ml) of water
- 3 tablespoon (45 ml) agave nectar
- 1 sprig fresh mint.
- Squeeze lemons into a sieve placed over a bowl and sieve. The sieve will catch the pits.
- Mix in agave nectar, and water. Stir to combine. Transfer into a decanter or decorative bottle. Garnish with fresh mint.
I like to use Agave Syrup since it easily dissolves and is a bit healthier than refined processed sugar. If you don't have agave syrup, you can use regular sugar just increase the quantity to ¼ cup of sugar.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g