Summer Lemonade

We really like lemonade in our house, especially in the summer.  Generally, I'll go and buy Simply Lemonade (or their raspberry lemonade, which is fabulous) but the other day I had some lemons hanging around and decided I'd make some from scratch.  Homemade lemonade really is the best, but it's not always easy to make sure it's not too tart.  I actually developed this "recipe" by watching the workers at one of those pretzel places at the mall, when they used to make lemonade from scratch.  It's got lots of sugar, but if you think about it, it's really no worse than Kool-aid, and who doesn't love Kool-aid?

Homemade Lemonade

2 lemons
1 cup sugar
2 quarts water

Start by using the old Food Network trick of pushing down and rolling the lemons on the counter to "release" the juice.  Whether this actually works or not, I don't know but I figure it can't hurt.

Love that juicer- it catches all the seeds!
Halve the lemons and juice them, trying to catch the seeds from falling in.  Pour into a 2-quart container.  Add 1 cup of sugar.

Fill up your container about 3/4 of the way with water, turn upside down and shake, and shake, and shake for at least a minute to help dissolve the sugar.  Turn right side up and then shake some more.  Fill the rest of the way with warer, or use ice so you can drink it sooner.

Love my old time Tupperware?  Thanks, Mom!
Easy as that!  It's a sweet and refreshing drink for any hot day.


  1. thanks for the recipe--and yes, rolling the lemons really does work. try one without rolling and one that is rolled--it's rather amazing the difference it makes!

  2. Yum! I've never made homemade lemonade but I learned how to make homemade guacamole by watching them make it tableside at a Mexican restaurant--gotta learn from the pros!

    I love Simply Lemonade and their raspberry lemonade too!

  3. better than kool-aid, no artificial colorants or favors. I use a similar recipe with a lemons and limes. Such a perfect summer drink!

  4. Looks soooo yummy! It would be neat to try to make home made strawberry lemonade or something. And ya I always roll the lemons, per Giada's request

    -rachel w k