Introduction: Lemonade

As far as I'm concerned, the secret to amazing lemonade is using the lemon zest. :D

This is the lemonade recipe that I've been using forever - it includes a really easy-to-make lemon zest simple syrup that pushes it above and beyond regular lemonade!

Step 1: Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe lemons (they need to be a little soft!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 cups water
You'll also want a 2 cup measuring cup, a small strainer, a citrus reamer, and a paring knife.

Step 2: Juice Your Lemons

You need between 1/2 and 2/3 cup of lemon juice. Juice them and pour the pulp, juice and seeds into a strainer. Press the pulp to get out all the liquid. :)

Then pour that into the pitcher.

Step 3: Make the Simple Syrup

Pour one cup of sugar into your glass measuring cup and add one cup of water on top. Take a paring knife and cut off sections of zest from one of your lemon halves. Pop them in the cup and then put the mix in the microwave for four minutes.

Once it's out, stir to dissolve all the sugar and take out the zest.

Step 4: Mix and Serve!

Once you pour the simple syrup over the lemon juice, add enough water to fill the pitcher. Stir and you're ready to go :D

I never put ice in the pitcher, just in the individual glasses. That way it doesn't get watered down. 

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michael63 (author)2013-09-18

How would you make it fizzy???

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Add club soda or carbon m

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Also you can add baking soda or sprite, really any carbonated drink or sod

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Creativeman made it! (author)2016-02-11

I was wondering what to do with all of our lemons...then I saw your
ible. Makes really good lemonade! I used 5 lemons to get about 1 cup
of juice.

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John_Singleton_ (author)2016-02-05

Tasted great thx

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marionpixie (author)2013-12-28

I ♥ lemonade

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dupes888 (author)2013-08-23

I love your work

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dupes888 (author)2013-08-23

Yeah

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beme2013 (author)2013-08-22

Omg I'm definitely going to try that. Looks delicious.

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ctx1985 (author)2013-08-09

That looks delicious!

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ZacWolf (author)2013-08-06

Add just a pinch of Himalayan pink salt! Nom nom nom!

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Vodika (author)2013-08-06

I like to make my Ice out of what ever I am drinking so when it melts if wont water it down, if it has alcohol you will want to leave that out as the alcohol wont freeze

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karlpinturr (author)2013-08-05

Well, it will get watered down, of course - just more controllably by the drinker... (SORRY! - pedantry is my evil twin!)

Now, if you carbonate (with a Soda Stream / or maybe a soda syphon) the water, you should have a good {proper(?)}  English lemonade...

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ArtisanEclectic (author)2013-08-05

This recipe looks Amazing! I will definitely try it. Lemonade is a favorite drink in Florida summers. I also like making lemonade with two lemons and a lime.

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MsJaxFla (author)2013-08-05

Yes, this is a great recipe. I also have used it for years. An old bartender's recipe is how I know it.

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lauraincleveland (author)2013-08-04

I'm going to give this a try...it sounds amazing! And you get instant cred b/c your cat looks like my dearly departed and terribly missed cat named Kitters. They could be twins!

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poofrabbit (author)2013-08-04

Oh yum! I was at a flea market a few months back and got fresh squeezed lemonade, it was amazing, but I was FLOORED at the 20 oz for 7 bucks price. So excited to get to make my own much cheaper. :)

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artfulann (author)2013-08-04

Very smart microwaving the zest!

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HollyMann (author)2013-08-04

amazing..i love orange/lemon zest so much - totally transforms things. Thanks for sharing this..yum

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nerfrocketeer (author)2013-08-04

Cool! I never thought of using zest!

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