[Collegiate Drinks] Southern Style Lemonade!

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Intro: [Collegiate Drinks] Southern Style Lemonade!

You may have noticed a photo note in my Pseudo Chicken Parmesan about southern style lemonade :) Well, here it is :)

Step 1: Ingridients

About 10 Lemons
2 Cups Of Sugar
1 Gallon of Water

Extra equipment.

1 Gallon pitcher (makes measuring 1 gallon of water easier)
Citrus Juicer (otherwise you'll need more lemons)

Step 2: Prep and Cook

First, juice your lemons. Our target is about 2 cups of lemon juice. So if you reach 2 cups before juicing all of your lemons, you can stop early :) You'll also make your juicing arm stronger :)

Tip: It helps to roll (with pressure) your lemons on the counter before cutting an juicing - this helps soften the interior for faster/easier juicing.

Next, fill your pitcher with 1 gallon of filtered water (but not to the top - leave a little room for later). Then, pour off about 1 cup into a large saucepan and add two cups of sugar.

While continuously stirring over medium heat, bring your sugar water to a boil. At first the sugar won't dissolve, but with a slow application of heat - all of your sugar will dissolve. Never stop stirring.

Once the sugar mixture comes to a boil, continue stirring and boil for about a minute or so. The mixture will become thicker and it will start to turn a yellowish color. This is a sign that its done. Add your lemon juice immediatly and bring to a boil.

If you'll be drinking everything within a few days, it's not necessary to boil your lemon/syrup mixture - boiling just ensures nothing will spoil for a somewhat longer stay in your ice box

Remove your pot from heat and pour in the remaining water. Stir well. Now, slowly pour back into your gallon pitcher. You may have some leftover ade that won't fit in your pitcher. You can immediatly drink this (with ice) or just pour it off.

Step 3: Serve

You have two options... Chill in the fridge for a few hours. Or serve in glasses of ice. My family does the latter -- when we make lemonade, it's usually prepared at the same time dinner is prepared :)

My glass of choice is a rather large 2 pint jumbo mug. Delicious :)

Oh, and don't tell my lady friend I poster her picture :P She just got out of the shower.


As a final note... You may notice some lemon "pulp" floating at the top. If you wish, you can scoop it out. I have always let it hang around.

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    theRIAA

    9 years ago on Introduction

    i have 2 of those mugs, walmart rules. and great recipie, i love lemonade. Do you think you could substitute lemon juice concentrate to make a super cheap drink?

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    awang8

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Are those kumquats in the first picture? What are they for? By the way... WOW that's a big mug...

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    trebuchet03awang8

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Are those kumquats in the first picture? What are they for?
    Yes... And, for eating :)

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    Brennn10

    10 years ago on Step 3

    That is sugar on the rim correct?

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    Stercus Fit

    11 years ago

    Now that I have one of these... I told you not to take that picture! Silly man! For others: I am not a big fan of lemonade. This, however, was the best I've ever had (even though I still don't like it too much). It tastes more together, everything was blended more throughly. My roommate, who shares my opinion of lemonade, said the taste of the lemons was not as overbearing as usual. IE: Try this stuff. It's really good if you like lemonade.

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    WeissensteinburgStercus Fit

    Reply 11 years ago

    I agree, its the best I've ever had...and I do like lemonade. Definitely try making this!

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    cry_wolf

    11 years ago

    Good stuff buddy, a job well done! I highly recommend this, and i'm drinking it in 20 degree weather! =P

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    westfw

    11 years ago

    I find it handy working in smaller quantities. 1 or 2 Tablespoons each of Lemon Juice and Sugar makes one glass of lemonade. Taste is going to be dependent on your lemons; apparently there's quite a difference in taste between a store-bought ("Meyer"?) lemon and the kind you're likely to find falling from trees at certain times of year in certain places ("Eureka"?)