02Single Serving Lemonade

Single Serving Lemonade

Happy Independence Day!  In other words, let’s BBQ and enjoy some fireworks.       :)  BBQ season is so much fun.   At any given home you’re sure to find hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, cold salads, and watermelon (among a ton of other foods).  The grill becomes the “water cooler station” where everyone hangs out to get the first piece of whatever is being served up.

BBQ days are synonymous with hot days, even here in the northeast, and everyone makes a beeline to the drink table to grab something refreshing.  How about a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade?

02Single Serving Lemonade

Single Serving Lemonade Recipe
(10 ounce glass of lemonade)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • ice cubes

Directions:

  1. In a medium measuring cup, heat up a 1/4 cup of water in the microwave until it’s hot.
  2. Stir in the white sugar until the it is dissolved and set it aside.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice from one lemon and run the juice through a strainer to remove the pulp and seeds.
  4. Stir in the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the 3/4 cup of cold water into the hot sugar water.
  5. Fill a glass with ice and pour in the lemonade.
  6. Serve immediately.

 

I started off today talking about how perfect this drink would be for a gathering, but I was inspired to make that suggestion because I was in the mood for a cold glass of lemonade for just me.  I didn’t want to use a packet mix to make it because I find that they are too sweet and don’t taste lemon-y.  Hello, it is lemonade after all.

With this homemade recipe, you can control the sweetness.   Don’t forget that lemons are sour so you will need to add some amount of sugar to your drink.  What’s great about making your own lemonade is that you could even use a sugar substitute, like Splenda.  Two tablespoons for one serving seems to be the perfect amount of sweetness for me.  It’s sweet but not too sweet.  Feel free to add less or more to your liking.  That’s the beauty about making your own lemonade by the glass…  you can make your own version and no one will yell at you.     :)

Guess what?  This lemonade tastes lemony-y!  Shocking, I know.     ;)  I prefer using fresh lemon juice instead of bottled lemon juice because some bottled juices contain preservatives.  If I’m going the homemade route then I want to keep the ingredients to something I can point to at a grocery store (i.e. no chemicals, please).  Plus using the juice of a lemon is always fresh and fresh always tastes better, at least to me.     :)

I promise that it’s almost as easy to squeeze a lemon as it is to pour the juice from a bottle.  You only need a little more time and it is well worth the effort.  No machines are required.  Your hands are an awesome tool.     ;)  I find that it’s easiest to squeeze room temperature lemons because they are soft.  Lemons that are stored in a refrigerator get firm and may require more muscle to squeeze the juice out of them.

Oh yes, this recipe definitely satisfied my craving for a good old fashioned homemade lemonade.  It’s sweet, sour, and refreshing!

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For those of you who want a pitcher of this tasty drink instead of one lonely glass, here is the revised recipe to make a gallon of this lemonade:

A Gallon of Lemonade Recipe
(1 gallon pitcher of lemonade)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice from 12 lemons (sorry!)
  • 9 cups cold water
  • ice cubes

Directions:

  1. In a large measuring cup, heat up a 3 cups of water in the microwave until it’s hot.
  2. Stir in the white sugar until the it is dissolved and set it aside.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice from the 12 lemons and run the juice through a strainer to remove the pulp and seeds.
  4. Stir in the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the 9 cups of cold water into the hot sugar water.
  5. Add ice to a large pitcher and pour in the lemonade.

 

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What is your favorite part about a BBQ?

Be safe and keep cool.     :)

 

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Adapted from: The Live In Kitchen

 

Here are some other refreshing drinks that you might enjoy:

Brewed Iced Tea (How To)

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Cafe Frappe

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