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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

This fresh squeezed lemonade recipe is a breeze to make, and a perfect refresher for warm afternoons!

old-fashioned-lemonade Summer is definitely here, and it is HOT.

Over the 4th of July weekend, our family made a little trip to Idaho, to visit a family friend who has a really nice little farm with lots of old tractors.  It was a really lovely weekend, though it was really, really hot.

We went swimming in the creek to cool off, which actually worked really well. It was an idyllic setting, with a huge willow tree, weathered wooden bench, and a rope swing.

I felt like we were in the 1950’s. The only thing that was missing was the old-fashioned lemonade.

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I always thought that real lemonade would be so hard to make. I mean, squeezing lemons? Who does that? For years, I opted for the frozen concentrate, believing it the easier choice.

Little did I know, squeezing lemons is not any harder than breaking up that dang frozen concentrate. In fact, it’s probably easier. And it tastes far better, so these days, the choice is an easy one.

Fresh stuff, all the way, for this family!

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This recipe is easy to customize, too. Add some fresh berries, if you like, or a sprig of mint. Any way you make it, this lemonade is the perfect addition to any warm summer day.

 

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
 
Fresh-squeezed, old-fashioned lemonade.
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Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar to make simple syrup. Bring to a boil, and boil about 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool. (Refrigerate to chill completely)
  2. Squeeze juice from lemons to get one cup. Chill lemon juice.
  3. Once simple syrup and lemon juice are chilled, pour both into a pitcher with 4 cups very cold water. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve over ice.

Frozen Cherry Lemonade

frozen cherryONE. OH. TWO.  That’s the temperature here today.  Now, I’ll grant you, the bone dry humidity level makes the heat a little easier to take, but still.  It’s HOT.

When he was a young teenager, Robb moved from northern Wyoming where temperatures of -20 are not unheard of in the winter, to western Arizona, to a city that was frequently the hot spot in the entire country, with temperatures of 120 or more.  His thoughts about this massive climate switch?  “People still stay indoors for 3 months of the year.  It’s just a different three months.”

Indoors, indeed.  I’m pretty sure parts of Arizona were uninhabitable by humans in the days before air conditioning.

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