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Southern Lemonade Recipe

– Posted in: Recipes, Summer Season

Lemons – they are so refreshing, and they make everything taste better. They enjoy a good hug and love to get squeezed.  Perfect for picnics and family reunions, fresh Lemonade is a Southern Classic.  Reserve some of the beverage for later – as they make terrific frozen ice cubes, popsicles and slushies!  If you have a choice between store-bought and homemade, choose the latter – there is a big difference!

If you are not crazy about juicing lemons and consider it a messy and tedious endeavor,  please don’t let that stop you from trying this recipe.  Juicing is relatively easy, especially if you use these top-rated citrus juicers and squeezers!

When life gives you lemons, then you definitely need to make some Southern Lemonade. The Lemonade Recipe below is for one gallon; however, you can adjust it accordingly to make smaller batches and/or for the amount of sweetness you prefer.  Less sugar = less sweet, more tart Lemonade.  Enjoy, and have a Happy Summer!

Print Recipe
Southern Lemonade
Course Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
gallon
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice about 12 large lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Garnishes: your choice of lemon, lime, and/or mint sprigs
Course Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
gallon
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice about 12 large lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Garnishes: your choice of lemon, lime, and/or mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar with 1 cup HOT water until all the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add lemon juice and mix in.
  3. Add about 13 cups of cold water to make one gallon of Lemonade.
  4. Stir together and chill thoroughly.
  5. Serve over ice and garnish as desired.
Recipe Notes

This Lemonade should always be made with fresh lemons.

I also recommend making some lemonade ice cubes. Use these in place of regular water ice cubes. By doing so, your lemonade mixture will remain fresh and not taste "watered-down" as the ice melts.

You could also give this recipe a makeover by substituting limes for lemons. Limes = Limeade.


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