Fresh Old Fashioned Lemonade Recipe

lemonzest.jpgSummer’s sunshine in a glass.

This is the recipe from an old boyfriend, Kevin’s, Mother. Thank goodness Kevin and I didn’t make it. I’d have to spend the rest of my life pinning away for my true love. But Kevin’s Mom could make some really good lemonade. She always put fresh sliced oranges in the lemonade pitcher to cut the tartness. If I had never met the guy, I wouldn’t have this recipe. Yet, I can’t get that first date out of my head: Mount Adams, eating outside at a restaurant that overlooked the city, knowing his Mom’s lemonade was waiting for us when we got back . . . Anyway, if you love lemons, this book to the right will keep you busy all summer. Roasted artichokes with lemons, lemon tarts, and creamy lemon fetticuini…

  • 6 cups water, divided
  • Zest of one lemon — no bitter white parts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 – 10 lemons) (microwave them for about 10 seconds to make juicing easier)
  • Orange slices
  1. Bring two cups water, lemon zest, and sugar to boil.
  2. Boil five minutes, stirring in-between juicing lemons
  3. Let your “lemony-simple syrup” cool
  4. Pour into large pitcher, and add the remaining four cups cold water and lemon juice. Stir.
  5. Chill, and add orange slices.
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3 comments to “Fresh Old Fashioned Lemonade Recipe”
  1. You give us all the perfect remedy for all these heat waves and record high temperatures. What a fabulous old fashioned lemonade recipe! I liked it so much that I forwarded it to several friends. Just reading your description not only makes me crave lemonade but it strikes up nostalgic memories of many summers ago when my grandmother got all of us kids together to roll and pound the lemons to make the lemons juicier just before she made fresh lemonade. I also like your recommendations regarding the use of fresh lemons in lemonade. Fresh lemons have such a distinctive fragrance that bottled juice just doesn’t match. Plus fresh lemons have all those healthy live enzymes. As Betty Wrenn Day likes to say, “The lemon is the quintessential fruit that makes food sparkle. It has become synonymous with the word refreshing.”

  2. Lemon oil may be used in aromatherapy. Researchers at The Ohio State University found that lemon oil aroma does not influence the human immune system, but may enhance mood.

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