Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

With Independence Day just a few days away we’ve been putting on our thinking caps about how to make our picnic better for this year. I was walking through my local fresh grocer, and was struck with the idea to make fresh squeezed lemonade. What better way to relax on a hot summer day?

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Making lemonade is actually quite simple if you have the right tools. I was lucky enough to pick up the hand juicer at my local thrift store. A thorough scrub, and it was good as new.

Here’s what you need.
● 1 cup sugar
● 1 cup water
● 8 medium lemons
● 7 cups water
● Ice
● Spoon
● Knife
● Pitcher
● Sauce pan / stove


1. In a pan on the stove place one cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar. Over medium heat stir occasionally until all of the sugar is dissolved. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes or so. This creates a simple syrup. Set to the side and allow to cool to room temp.


2. Juice your lemons (microwave your lemons for 20-30 seconds before juicing to get a higher yield, you can also roll them firmly on the counter prior to cutting)

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3. In your pitcher combine your simple sugar solution and lemon juice. Add additional water. We started with 6 cups, then added more after tasting.

That’s it. Add some ice to a glass (Or a mason jar in my case), pour your lemonade, and garnish. We’re going to try some strawberry, and blueberry lemonade next! What kinds of lemonade do you like best?!



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