Homemade Summer Citrus-ade...like Lemonade, But Better!




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Ever since I discovered that I could cook and bake really well, I also realized that almost anything homemade is better than store-bought. That includes lemonade! Or my personal preference: citrus-ade! No more concentrates or powdered mixes, it's all about fresh produce...and, well, sugar!

2 cups juice from citrus fruit (1 pink grapefruit, 3 lemons, 3 limes)
1 cup sugar
5 2/3 cup water

Grab a buddy and get squeezin'! The juice from one pink grapefruit usually yields 1 cup juice. Depending on the size of the lemons and limes, it will take approximately 3 of each to yield another cup. (This may vary). I measure out the sugar first and pour into the pitcher. Otherwise, if you measure out the juice first, the sugar will stick to the measuring cup. I like my lemonade and citrus-ade a little tart, so I usually add slightly less sugar than this. You could start out only adding about 2/3 cup and go from there. Add juice and water, and stir. This will come almost to the top of a regular sized pitcher, so stir carefully.

How can you dress up the citrus-ade? Add a shaker of gin, fill the glass with 2/3 citrus-ade, and fill the rest with club soda/seltzer. A slight variation on a drink called "English Water." Drink up!



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    4 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Crikey what a nice drink. You got the proportions just right. I did however modify slightly. I added another cup of water but fizzy water. It doesn't make it fizzy it just puts a little refreshing kick on the end. Top notch 'structable


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I bet it would be yummy with honey too, or maybe cook down the honey first to thin it out then mix it. Worth trying!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I'd always go for pure grapefruit juice. However, lemon, lime & grapefruit, could well make a good base for dilution & sweetening. I've never put all three together, but I think I might try it. L