“Hey Court? Can we make homemade lemonade for Sunday instead of just buying some?” N asked.
Sure can kiddo. But what I told her was we’d have to see if we had time to go to town to get lemons.
Most of the time, if we have time for something they want to do in the kitchen or that’s crafty with me, I’ll say yes. Except to make slime. That stuff is evil.
After we did a few errands, I asked if she still wanted to make lemonade. She excitedly told me yes. I didn’t know how many lemons we’d need so I turned to my favorite recipe guide and answer guru, Mr. Google.
Mr. Google was so kind as to lead me to Aunt Betty’s recipe which we loosely used.
We got lemons (and extra lemon juice) and headed home where we ran into a challenge. I don’t have a citrus juicer. Hm. I do have a meat tenderizer we could use for some off label use.
N looked at me oddly when I took out the tenderizer and took off the handle. She didn’t say anything, because she’s catching on to the fact that my ideas might not make sense at first, but they work.
- a way to juice the lemons
- a pitcher
- a strainer
- 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar
- 8-10 lemons (we used 10 and it wasn’t enough for the 2 cups of lemon juice needed)
- 6+ cups of water
- Bottle of lemon juice (optional, but handy)
What you’ll do:
- Juice the lemons and strain the seeds out. If you don’t have a juicer, squeeze what you can and then use the handle of your meat tenderizer to smush more out.
- Mix 3/4 cup of sugar into about 2 cups of warmish water in your pitcher.
- Mix lemon juice into water and top off pitcher with cold water.
- Taste a tiny bit and decide if it needs more sugar or lemon juice. Adjust to taste.
We put 2 TBSP bottled lemon juice in at the end to perfect the flavor.
I’m going to give you a couple of hints about making lemonade: Put about 2 cups of warmish water into your pitcher and dissolve your sugar into that before you put the lemon juice and rest of the water in. It mixes much better this way. Also, roll the lemons around on the counter before you juice them. You can do it, put your back into it. You want them slightly squishy when you squeeze them. This breaks down the juice vesicles (what ends up being the pulp) inside. It’ll be easier to get the juice out and your kitchen smell nice.
N learned to use the big chef’s knife which was exciting! She knows she can’t use it alone, but if I’m standing there watching it’s okay.
N served this to several of our guests and they loved it. There was about a glass left at the end of the party so I froze it for her into fun ice cubes so she can have them later.
If you’re asking yourself why I’m blogging about something as easy as lemonade, it’s more about the time with N and our adventures. N wanted to spend time in the kitchen and was excited to make a drink for our Fathers’ Day party. My family spent a lot of time making memories together and I’m hoping to do the same for our girls.
If you come for a visit and it’s hot out, let N know if you want some lemonade. She’ll probably make you some. If you want, I’ll add some Absolut Pears to it.