If you’re reading this right now, chances are you enjoy a mason jar of icy cold lemonade with condensation running down the side; just as I do. I’ve always loved lemonade. My younger brothers and I would always sneak and drink my mom’s canned lemonades. She would buy us our little drinks and snacks that we wanted but also buy snacks that were only for herself. Ones that we weren’t allowed to touch.
Now that I am a mother, I completely understand why she did what she did. Sometimes you just want to kick back and relax, get caught up on your favorite shows and enjoy a good snack when the kids go to sleep. At that time I thought our mom was being greedy, now I know.
Normally when my mom likes something a lot she buys it in bulk. She would buy so many cases of lemonade that when we borrowed a few cans she never noticed. We would walk down the street to the candy lady’s house gathering as much candy and miniature bags of chips one or two dollars would buy. Our feet rhythmically pounded on the warm black top as we raced back home as fast as our legs would allow. When we got home, we busted through the front door and headed straight towards mommy’s canned lemonade stacked up in the dining room corner, where she thought they were hidden. We each grabbed one of mommy’s lemonades to put in the freezer where they would sit for about a half an hour. I don’t know if 30 minutes in the freezer made a big difference but we sure thought it did! As a kid I thought there was nothing better than guzzling down a super cold can of lemonade on a hot summer day.
As I have gotten older and more developed in the kitchen, I appreciate the taste difference and the effort that goes into a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade versus canned or bottled. It’s quite simple: real sugar plus real lemons equals’ real good lemonade! This classic fresh squeezed lemonade has a beautifully bright flavor to it. The perfect amount of sweet with the perfect amount of sour. This perfectly simple lemonade is sure to make your taste buds happy! Get your water, sugar, lemons (Please use fresh-squeezed lemon juice! You’ll thank me later!) and let’s make some delicious lemonade!
- 1 Cup Lemon juice fresh squeezed (about 6 lemons)
- 1 Cup Sugar White
- 6 Cups Water
In a two quart pitcher, add lemon juice, sugar, and water.
Stir until all sugar dissolves. (You'll know the sugar is completely dissolved when you don't hear any grittiness stirring around at the bottom of the pitcher.)
Store in fridge.
Serve in individual glasses with ice; garnish with lemon slices.
For a nice tasty twist, use half lemon juice and half lime juice (1/2 cup of each).