Keeping Your Cool Lemonade
is easy to make any time especially when that first summer heatwave hits.
We’ve been trying to stay cool and hydrated by drinking non-alcoholic beverages and eating lots of fresh fruit.
This holiday weekend we kept everything – our food and drinks – on ice and ready for us to munch on and quench our thirst.
At first there was a bit of resistance to refrain from the beer and wine, but after a couple of hours everyone was convinced that the alcoholic beverages were not keeping them cool. Well, helloooooo!!!!!!
With the high temps and humidity it’s best to stay hydrated with non-alcoholic beverages, keep activity to a minimum, and stay indoors and out of the sun. And that is exactly what we did this weekend, nothing. . . . .! and it was great for a change.
I made fresh lemonade and iced tea and we had lots of bottled water on ice. A friend was staying with us and she made a cranberry juice mimosa (without the alcohol).
It was my favorite drink this weekend. We had an abundance of fresh blueberries which we froze and added to our drinks. It was fun to have the unexpected frozen blueberries to crunch on. I’ll share the recipe in another post.
A classic homemade lemonade is quick and easy. In under 10 minutes you can have a pitcher-full of fresh lemonade. Garnish with fresh citrus slices, mint and lots of ice.
A basic lemonade is simple and needs only a few ingredients:
- Lemons (approximately 10 for a pitcher)
- Water and/or Simple Syrup – which is equal parts water and sugar)
- You can substitute honey or your favorite sugar substitute
- Lots of ice, fresh mint, lemon slices
- 10 Lemons
- 2 quarts filtered water
- 5-8 slices of fresh lemon (if lemons are large you will have more slices)
- 2 - 3 stems of fresh mint
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar (you can use honey if you prefer)
- Squeeze as many lemons to make about 1¼ cups of lemon juice. Strain if you would like to remove the pulp.
- Add in the simple syrup to the juice.
- Next add in filtered water 1 quart at a time. Stir well and taste.
- Add in more water or maybe more lemon juice based on your preference.
- Check for sweetness as well. If too sweet add more water, if not sweet enough you can add additional sugar, honey or your preferred sweetener.
- Garnish with fresh lemon slices
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