7 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes: Ah, That Hits the Spot!
Neighborhood lemonade stands, consider yourself warned. Thanks to this collection of fresh and creative lemonade recipes, entrepreneurial kids no longer have the market cornered on this summertime staple. From classic fresh-squeezed lemonade to an adults-only version featuring the Japanese liquor Shochu, these recipes prove that lemons, sugar and water are just the starting point for all sorts of refreshing concoctions.
As summer approaches, we looked specifically for lemonade recipes showcasing delicious seasonal fruit. We especially love the lemonades featuring fresh blueberries and strawberries. There’s also a great recipe for watermelon lemonade. (What’s summer without watermelon?) If you like even more unexpected pairings, we also have a sophisticated basil lemonade that’s perfect for a fancy summer brunch. Lastly, we’re giving you the opportunity to really show up the neighborhood kids with the recipe for the Blue Slime Sipper, a cheeky variation on lemonade that’s sure to make yours the most popular house on the block with the under-12 set.
The name says it all — all you need for this recipe are lemons, sugar and water. It couldn’t be easier, but this fresh-squeezed version of the summertime staple still beats store-bought mixes by a landslide. Classic lemonade tastes great alongside everything from hot dogs to a crisp summer salad, and paired with a piece of rich chocolate cake, you’ve got heaven in a glass.
Two cups of fresh strawberries add both color and sweetness to this lemonade recipe, and shredded lemon peel imparts an unexpected zing as well. Garnish with a sliced strawberry, and you’ve got a drink that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
With blueberries, mint and double the lemonade flavor (from both fresh juice and concentrate), this lemonade is one of our summertime favorites. It’s bright, sweet and sophisticated, perfect for kids and adults alike.
The colors of this lemonade may make you think Christmas, but the taste is pure summertime. Juicy watermelon and tart kiwi are a knockout combination. There’s also a over-21 option: the recipe includes directions for a watermelon martini.
As elegant as it is refreshing, this lemonade combines the earthy flavor of basil with tart lime and lemonade — it’s a great way to use up some of that extra basil in your kitchen garden!
Adding an exotic Asian spirit takes this lemonade recipe from everyday to elegant. Shochu has a slightly sweet flavor that pairs wonderfully with tart lemonade and fresh watermelons. If you can’t find Shochu in your area, don’t worry; vodka makes an excellent substitute.
Here’s a recipe that will carry you all the way through summer and into Halloween. Kids are sure to love this lemonade; the addition of fizzy soda and blueberry gelatin make this drink as fun as it is tasty. A short ingredient list and easy prep time also make it an ideal recipe for kids to help with.
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