Drinks | May 30, 2018

Classic Lemonade

No one can deny that a cold class of freshly squeezed lemonade is not the one of the most refreshing drinks! Our family is 100% addicted lately. It seems so be our Sunday treat of choice with dinner.
fresh lemons and lemonade scattered on a light blue surface
I few years ago I had this lemonade recipe at a get together. It taste so delicious- not overly tart, not overly sweet and with all the right ingredients. I was surprised to find it had a secret ingredient to help balance all the flavors!
fresh squeezed lemonade in mason jars with straws

Lemonade Secret Ingredients

  1. Of course, FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE is the first most important secret ingredient.

PRO TIP: When I go to an orchard or buy fresh lemons on sale when in season I’ll use my juicer and juice them all. I’ll portion them out into jars. Freeze the jars, and when I want fresh lemonade I pull out the jar of lemonade let it defrost. I add the lemon juice and all the ingredients to the pitcher and mix. It’s that easy and can be used all year round!

An overhead shot of fresh lemonade and scattered lemon slices

2. Citric Acid. The secret ingredient to this lemonade recipe is citrus acid. Citric acid in the food world is known as “sour salt.” As we know, adding salt to any dish, even desserts and sweet foods enhances flavor. It many other recipes it also acts as a preservative. *citric acid is tricky to find. Look in whole foods stores, Co-ops or in the bulk section.  I buy them online on amazon!

overhead shot of fresh lemonade garnished with mint, straws and lemons

I love to add fresh fruit or/and fresh mint when making this drink in large batches for friends and family. I’ve included both measurements for large groups or when you’re making it for just your family. It’ll be a hit no matter the occasion!

lemonade with fresh mint in a two mason jars

5 from 2 votes
Lemonade
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Sweet, refreshing homemade classic lemonade. Enjoy this during the summer months when lemons are at their best!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Classic Lemonade, Fresh Lemon Juice, lemonade
Servings: 25 people
Calories: 110 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
Large Batch Lemonade
  • 6 quarts water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 T citric acid
  • 3 lemons sliced
  • 4.5 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • 1 1/4 T lemon extract* *If you don't have fresh lemonade you can use lemon extract
Family Size Lemonade
  • 1.5 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp citric acid
  • 2 quarts cold water
Instructions
  1.  Combine water, sugar, citric acid and lemon juice (or lemon extract) and stir for a few minutes till sugar is dissolved.

  2. Add ice and water. serve chilled

Nutrition Facts
Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110
% Daily Value*
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 27g
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110
% Daily Value*
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 27g
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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