Saturday, January 25, 2014

Savoring the Season: Making Lemonade

Lemonade is iconic of summertime in America.  So, why would I post a recipe for fresh lemonade in the dead of winter when most of the country is in a deep freeze?  The reality is that lemons are a winter fruit  (grown in warmer parts of the country) and now is the time to enjoy fresh homemade lemonade.

I used my Meyer lemons that I harvested this season from my backyard tree.  Meyer lemons are not as "mouth puckering" as other varieties and is believed to be a cross between a Lisbon or Eureka lemon (most common in the grocery store) and a mandarin orange. This makes for a slightly sweeter lemon that has more floral notes and is perfect for lemonade.

Would you believe that I have never made fresh homemade lemonade?  Never, until recently.  There is no turning back, I am hooked.  This will make a beautiful addition to our Sunday Supper gatherings.




Perfect Lemonade
Serves 6
Recipe from Simply Recipes

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water for the simple syrup
1 cup fresh lemon juice 
3 to 4 cups cold water to dilute

Directions:
1.  Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2.  While the sugar is dissolving use a juicer to extract the juice from 4-6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3.  Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher.  Add 3-4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength.  Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.  If the lemonade is still a bit sweet add more lemon juice.

Enjoy!

36 comments:

Karen Harris said...

What a beautiful reminder to those of us in the deep freeze that summer is coming. Love Meyer lemons any way possible. This lemonade looks divine.

Big Dude said...

Looks really good Velva.

Sarah said...

Honestly, I can't believe you have never made fresh lemonade. In the land of LEMONS! Glad you have discovered it.

Erica said...

I love drinking lemonade all year round!!!! This looks refreshing and delicious,Velva!

Pam said...

I drink sweet iced tea all year, might as well drink lemonade. AND, if I had a Meyer lemon tree (so jealous), I would drink it all year!

KgReciPes said...

I like lemon juice but if I can prepare it without sugar then it will be good for me. Is there any way to make this juice without any sugar?

scrambledhenfruit said...

I wish I had a Meyer lemon tree! (I guess I don't really because it would have lemon popsicles on it instead of juicy lemons.) I just bought a bag of them, and that lemonade looks mighty tempting right now! :)

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Looks wonderful Velva. I've never made fresh lemonade either.
Sam

Nammi said...

I didnt know lemonade was winter fruit :), always heard of it being served during hot summer days :) looks very refreshing .

tasteofbeirut said...

this is one of my beloved drink; would you believe I cannot drink it unless it is homemade? it is like salad dressing, could never use these bottles! anyway, with all your posts on your Meyer lemons, I have got the urge to find them or grow them, or something! love that pic!

Grandbabycakes said...

Sweet lemonade is the most perfect drink ever! I am in love. So simple yet wonderful.

Michelle said...

That looks good on this cold, winter day!

Monet said...

What a bright drink! Thank you for sharing it. Now I just need a warm summer day.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

my husband makes lemon aid all the time - in all seasons. Costco is great about their fresh fruit!!

~~louise~~ said...

We rarely have Meyers in our stores here in PA. I may just need to speak with the produce manager, lol...I LOVE lemons in the winter time, Velva. Citrus season means Spring is right around the corner and lemonade is the icing on the cake! I need to make me a supply of simple syrup and some "real" lemonade ASAP! Thanks for the reminder Velva.

P.S. I just added your link to my sidebar so I remember to pop in more often for goodies, lol...

Angie Schneider said...

Hardly see Meyers lemons in our local stores. Your lemonade looks really refreshing.
Have a wonderful week ahead, Velva!
Angie

That Girl said...

I love lemonade year-round. I think in California (and Florida) we can get away with it.

Leigh said...

I came by to return the blog visit and thank you form commenting on mine and what a treat meets my eyes when I get here! I'm so amazed you got all those Meyers lemons. My top harvest was three one year, just enough to make my great-grandmother's lemon cream pie.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I never think to make lemonade in the winter but you are right about the lemons...they are so good right now. I bought a big bag of them and Costco and juiced them for future use. Fresh lemonade is such a treat, even in the winter.

merrilymarylee said...

Wonder how lemonade and snow cream will taste together. :)

Ann Jones said...

I love lemonade, it's one of my favorite drinks! Plus lemons have actually been cheap at the store :) Great recipe!

Blond Duck said...

I wonder if lemons are on the list of foods that make you happy. Then they'd be even better for the dread of winter!

Rambling Tart said...

I'm SO glad you wrote this, Velva, because I've completely forgotten to make lemonade this Summer. Crazy! :-)

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Be honest, you made this post so those of us in the southern hemisphere could have wonderful lemonade on these hot days, right? :) I love lemonade.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh I can't wait to be sipping lemonade in the hot sun! Summer come on!

Honey said...

I've never made homemade lemonade, looks super easy! gotta try it this spring. :-)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I wish it were lemonade season here - a hot cup of tea with lemon is more suited to our weather right now :) I do love it but haven't ever made it myself. It must taste delicious!

Pam said...

I want a Meyer lemon tree! That would mean I live in a warm climate and could actually make fresh lemonade, instead of the frigid zone! It's funny that you've never made it, I understand that totally, being in similar circumstances. Now, I have to check out the lemons at Jewel!

Von said...

This is perfect for the hot weather we're having now on the other side of the world ;) I've always wanted a lemon tree....I'd love to have access to lemons whenever I want! Your lemonade looks amazing! I might have to give this a try one day when I get my hands on some lemons :D

thefattyreader said...

Must be nice to have a lemon tree! :) Have you tried Ina Garten's lemon bar recipe? It's divine...

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

I am so ready for the heat that comes with lemonaid!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

It's not lemonade season in NJ but I'd love to have a glass!

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