Old Fashioned Homemade Lemonade

Learn how to make simple, easy old-fashioned homemade lemonade from scratch. This recipe shares the step by step process of making the best refreshing summer drink.

Lemonade Recipe

What is more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold glass of sweet lemonade? How about, freshly squeezed, 100%-from-scratch homemade lemonade?

Summertime in our home means a lot of hot muggy days spent outside working hard in the garden, taking care of our dairy goats, or tending to the bees.

We drink a lot of water, or southern style sweet tea from a mason jar, but there is just something about good old fashioned, homemade lemonade. With this recipe you’ll learn how easy it is to make lemonade faster and more easily without using a juicer or any other fancy kitchen gadgets.

Here’s the one lemonade recipe you need for back porch sitting, or gatherings with friends and family.

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This recipe is different from most lemonades. I slice the lemons thin, add the sugar and water, allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes and then using a potato masher, press out the juices.

Old Fashioned Homemade Lemonade Ingredients

Sweetener: I sweeten our lemonade with regular pure cane sugar.

Lemons: Fresh lemon juice is what makes the difference in this recipe. So, fresh squeezed lemons it is; no shortcuts with bottled lemon juice. For this process, you won’t even need a juicer.

Water: Cold water is all you need for this simple old fashioned homemade lemonade.

How to Make Lemonade Recipe

How to Make Lemonade

  1. Wash the lemons.
  2. Cut the lemons into thin slices; remove all seeds.
  3. Place lemon slices in a 1/2 gallon pitcher.
  4. In a sauce pan add 1 1/2 cup of sugar plus 2 quarts of water. Let sugar dissolve.
  5. Allow sugar and water mixture to cool for 30 minutes; pour over lemons, then press firmly with a potato masher to extract juice.
  6. Continue to press fruit with masher until liquid is flavored.
  7. Remove lemon slices from pitcher.
  8. Add ice cubes.
  9. Taste lemonade for sweetness when it’s chilled.
  10. Add more sugar if needed.
  11. Pour over ice cubes in glasses; add lemon slices to each glass
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Old Fashioned Homemade Lemonade

Old Fashioned Homemade Lemonade

Yield: 1/2 gallon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Learn how to make simple, easy old-fashioned homemade lemonade from
scratch. This recipe shares the step by step process of making the best
refreshing summer drink.

Ingredients

  • 8 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts of water
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Wash the lemons.
  2. Cut the lemons into thin slices; remove all seeds.
  3. Place lemon slices in a 1/2 gallon pitcher.
  4. In a sauce pan add 1 1/2 cup of sugar plus 2 quarts of water. Let sugar dissolve.
  5. Allow sugar and water mixture to cool for 30 minutes; pour over lemons, then press firmly with a potato masher to extract juice.
  6. Continue to press fruit with masher until liquid is flavored.
  7. Remove lemon slices from pitcher.
  8. Add ice cubes.
  9. Taste lemonade for sweetness when it's chilled.
  10. Add more sugar if needed.
  11. Pour over ice cubes in glasses; add lemon slices to each glass

Notes

Inspired by: Farm Journals Country Cookbook

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