How to Make Lemonade
Forget soda and sports drinks. When the summer sun is working overtime, the one thing that really hits the spot is a tall glass of frosty lemonade. Can't you just see it there, perched atop the table next to your lawn chair? What are you waiting for? If your tongue wasn't so parched, it would tell you it wants you to master how to make lemonade-- ASAP! For this refreshing version of classic lemonade, you'll combine fresh-squeezed lemon juice with a quick-to-make sugar syrup. Fresh mint ice cubes add a hint of crisp flavor and a surprisingly refined twist to this long-time favorite.
Hi. It's Miranda with Recipe.com, and today, I'm gonna show you how to make the Perfect Lemonade. Now, this recipe uses freshly squeezed lemons and a really easy simple syrup. We're also going to match that with some home-made ice cubes featuring a little mint leaf for a really nice crisp, fresh flavor. This is the perfect summer drink and it's going to be on your menu all summer long. So I have our ingredients all laid out here. Let's get started. We're gonna start with 1-1/2 cups of sugar; 15 to 18 lemons, we have 15 here; 14 fresh mint sprigs; 1 lemon, washed and thinly sliced; 1 cup of water plus 5 cups of cold water. So we're gonna start by making our simple syrup. We're going to pour the 1 cup of water and the sugar into this little saucepan here. Let's get these out to the side. And we're gonna bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally, until it's all dissolved. So, just give it a stir first thing when it comes in. So I'm just gonna bring this to a boil, stirring occasionally, and we'll come back when it's all nice and dissolved and I'll tell you what to do next. Okay. So, my simple syrup's all done. Look at it. It's kind of like golden-y, it's clear, everything's dissolved, so I've turned the heat off and I'm gonna transfer this to a bowl over here and just let it cool, so this is gonna be cooling while we take care of our lemons. So, let this little guy hang out over here, so I microwaved my lemons. Again, like there's like 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, they're just warm to the touch. They're not hot, and what I'm going to do, just cut in half. I'm using a little citrus...squeezer-- citrus press 'cause I want to make this perfect. Call it squeezer if you want. And I'm just going to put this in here, pop it in, and just squeeze, and I'm going to continue doing that, squeezing out all my juice from all my lemons, until they're totally de-juiced and I'm ready to move on to the next step. Okay, so we finished juicing all of our lemons and we have 3 cups total, and that is how much you'll need so if your 14 lemons don't give you enough, you'll have to juice additional lemons to get it to 3 cups. So, I'm gonna add this to the 5 cups of cold water that I have. You can use a large pitcher. I think it's so cute to use one of these old-fashioned, cute little milk bottles, so I'm just gonna pour this in. Wonderful. Super cute. Okay. Now, my simple syrup, I'm also gonna add that in. Remember, this has been cooling. Okay. Okay. So I'm right to the top, look at me. Just give this a little quick stir. Okay. Now, we're gonna measure back-- there are a few steps here 'cause we're gonna make our ice cubes so we're gonna measure back 1-1/2 cups, so, we're gonna dump out 1-1/2 cups here. Perfect. Okay, so this is what we're going to use to make those yummy mint ice cubes. We're actually using some of our lemonade mixture, so now we're going to put like one mint sprig in each little ice cube mold here, in our little ice cube tray. This is gonna be so delicious and so rather than just making this with regular water, so that it would melt, it would make your, you know, lemonade just all watery, you're using the actual lemonade mixture, so let me tell you, this is gonna be super, super tasty, and we'll just...pour this on top. So we are gonna make ice cubes. Okay. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Okay. So these are going to pop into the freezer for about 4 hours until they're nice and firm. We're just going to add our remaining lemon into here, into our pitcher. This is just gonna hang out in here. Just cover and refrigerate this until we are all ready to serve, so we're gonna come back when our ice cubes are nice and firm and frozen and we will serve you some lemonade. Okay, so it's been 4 hours. My ice cubes are ready. Look at them. I am so excited about this. Look how cute they look. And we tested one already and they are so completely delicious, all like lemonade-y, but, look, with a little mint leaf like, oh, my gosh, it's-- I'm just so excited. This, my friends, is going to be one of the best lemonades you've ever had, I guarantee, so let's get ready. I'm just gonna put a little ice cube in each-- okay, maybe two 'cause they're so cute. Look at this. Okay. I think we should be putting mint and things in all our ice cubes, frankly, don't you? Like, why are we just doing plain water ice cubes? That's just crazy. Okay. So now we're just gonna pour it-- look how cute this looks in the-- this is like the cutest thing I think we've ever, ever made. Okay. How is this not the most refreshing thing? If you had this at a lemonade stand, let me tell you, I think you would sell out. Or just for family and friends. You now know how to make the Perfect Lemonade. Thanks for watching, and for more great recipes and savings, visit us at Recipe.com.
What You'll Need
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 15 - 18 lemons (3 cups juice)
- 5 cups cold water
- 1 lemon, washed and thinly sliced
- 14 small fresh mint sprigs
Step By Step
For the sugar syrup, bring water and sugar to boil in saucepan, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Pour into bowl. Cool.
Microwave 5 or 6 lemons at a time on High 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, just until warm to the touch. Cut lemons in half and squeeze juice. Discard seeds and transfer juice and pulp to a large pitcher. Repeat with remaining lemons. Stir in cooled syrup and water.
Measure 1-1/2 cups lemonade mixture in a 2-cup glass measure. (Stir sliced lemon into remaining lemonade mixture; cover and set aside.) Arrange one sprig of mint per cube in an ice-cube tray; pour in the 1-1/2 cups lemonade mixture. Freeze the lemonade ice-cube tray 4 hours, until firm. Cover and refrigerate lemonade.
Pour lemonade into tall glasses over ice cubes.
For the tastiest results, use fresh-squeezed lemon juice in this puckery-sweet drink recipe. Want another twist? Be sure to try the peachy version, too. Once you get the hang of how to make lemonade, you'll never want to reach for soda on a summer afternoon again.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 170, Fat, total (g) 0, chol. (mg) 2, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 47, fiber (g) 0, pro. (g) 1, sodium (mg) 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet