A Quick and Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe That Anyone Can Make!
It’s summer and it is starting to get hot. If your family is like mine, you’ll need something ice-cold in the refrigerator to quench everyone’s thirst. This homemade lemonade hits the spot every single time.
Below you will find the ancient secret family recipe to make a gallon of delicious homemade lemonade. We’ve made it quick and easy by using bottled lemon juice instead of fresh squeezed. If you have the time and the desire to use fresh lemons, go ahead and substitute it out, but see our 2017 update below for a quick and easy alternative. You can use less water if you want a stronger lemonade. Tinker with it until it is exactly the way you like it. As written below, we think its perfect!
- 2 cups sugar (we often will use less sugar than this, 1 1/2 – 1 2/3 cups, so experiment and find what works for you!)
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups lemon juice ( I use concentrate because it makes life easier! If you can stand it, buy it at Walmart for cheap)
- about 1 gallon of ice-cold water
- 1 lemon, sliced (optional)
Mix the sugar and the hot water in a large pitcher (big enough to hold over a gallon) , and stir until sugar dissolves. The hot water is key, as it liquefies the sugar and keeps it a liquid. Add the lemon juice and cold water to make 1 gallon of lemonade. Stir it until everything is mixed well. Place the lemon slices on top of the mix and put in the refrigerator for two hours or pour lemonade over glasses of ice and drink immediately.
It tastes great just the way it is. However, it is easy to customize by adding pureed strawberries or raspberries or even another juice like cranberry or peach or whatever you like. We always have a gallon pitcher full in our house. Try it and let me know what you think.
UPDATE 4/14: If you don’t have fresh strawberries you can also use strawberry daiquiri mix to make this “Strawberry Lemonade”. When we use it, we reduce the sugar. I still prefer fresh strawberries but the daiquiri mix works in a pinch.
UPDATE Spring 2017: Learned this trick from my daughter. Take one lemon, wash it, and put the whole thing in a food processor or blender and turn it on! Let it do its thing until the lemon turns into juice and pulp. Pour all off it into the lemonade you just made and stir well. This will give it great fresh squeezed lemonade taste, without all the fresh lemons. Try it this way at least once and let us know what you think.
This lemonade is great with our famous “On The Border” salsa copy cat recipe.
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