Thursday, November 17, 2016

Classic Lemonade + Last Minute Thanksgiving Drink Idea

Pink Lemonade

I know I’ve been stirring up some great drink recipes over the past couple weeks, but sometimes ain’t nobody got time to be in the kitchen measuring stuff up!  So, confession time…the drink in these glasses is Kool-Aid!  I made my classic lemonade (recipe below) and then when it was about empty, I put in a packet of Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid and made it per packet instructions right in my oversized mason jar!  I still had the lemons in there from before and it looked like I actually tried to make something!  It tastes great and really works in a pinch.

Pink Lemonade

But really, though, Classic Lemonade is the easiest thing to make.  If you have an electric juicer and about 5 minutes, fantastic lemonade isn’t so far away.

I used to be intimidated by lemonade.  More specifically, the lemon juicing part.  I pictured myself in the kitchen, squeezing lemon juice for days.  It was just never something that was for me.  When we moved, I found an electric juicer that had been hanging out in some forgotten cabinet for probably 9 years.  I took it to the new house and gave it a try.  Mind. Blown.  Juicing lemons is sooo easy now. I can literally juice an entire 2lb bag of lemons in just a few minutes.

Pink Lemonade

Before we get to the recipe, I have to warn you…my lemonade is super sweet.  I believe my mom referred to it as “hummingbird nectar”, so you might want to tone the simple syrup down a bit.  But it’s super easy to do because the simple syrup is just equal parts sugar and water, so feel free to use less if all.the.sugar is not your thing.  You can also thin it out by adding more water at the end.  I like my lemonade super sweet and super concentrated, but I know that’s not for everybody!


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Classic Lemonade
Extra sweet and tart lemonade. Can easily be modified for taste by adding less simple syrup or more water.
  • About 8 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2lbs Lemons
Simple Syrup - Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until all of the sugar is dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool. Lemons - Set aside 2 lemons for garnish and juice the rest, about 5 lemons. Lemonade - Slice the 2 lemons for garnish and place in a 64oz pitcher - Add simple syrup and lemon juice and fill the rest of the pitcher with cold water. Chill or add ice and you’re done!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: roughly 64 ounces

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