Fresh Lemonade! Is there anything that screams summer any more than that? I love sitting outside in the summertime, soaking up the sunshine and sipping a cold glass of lemonade. It's one of life's simple pleasures, a sweet reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things.
Something about it always brings back memories of when I was a kid. We'd play outside all day, only taking a break to come inside for a few minutes and cool off. My mom would have a glass filled with ice and a pitcher ready to pour.
There are so many ways to make lemonade, whether you love your lemon water barely kissed by the sugar or syrupy sweet. Then there are all kinds of flavors to give your lemonade a kick. You can even spice it up or spike it with liquor to turn it into a tasty adult beverage. Blend it with ice and make it a frozen citrus concoction.
Here are five of my favorite ways to make lemonade:
Fresh Lemonade Recipes
- Classic Lemonade Recipe
–2 cups of sugar
-2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
In a large pot bring 4 cups of water to a low boil. Add sugar and remove from heat and allow to cool completely. In a large pitcher or drink dispenser combine 1 gallon of cold water, lemon juice and sugar water. Stir in sliced lemon rounds and refrigerate. Serve over ice.
- Mint Lemonade Recipe
Repeat all step above for making classic lemonade. Stir in 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves and muddle. Garnish with mint sprig.
- Spicy Lemonade Recipe
This recipe kicks up the classic mixture with a little heat. Follow the recipe for making classic lemonade listed above but add in 3 sliced fresh jalapeno peppers to boiling water. Strain jalapeno peppers out before combining with water and lemon juice. Toss a few fresh sliced jalapenos in glass with lemon slices for garnish.
- Strawberry Lemonade
Prepare classic lemonade recipe listed above. In a blender combine 8 large strawberries, 2 tablespoons of sugar and one cup of water. Blend until smooth. Stir into lemonade and serve over ice.
- Vodka Lemonade
Prepare classic lemonade recipe above. Fill a drinking glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz of premium vodka ( we like Tito's Handmade Vodka) and fill with lemonade.
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