Homemade Lemonade

One of the first things we made with our Vitamix was fresh lemonade. Here's a quick and easy recipe to make homemade lemonade.

4 lemons (enough to get 1 cup lemon juice)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
lemon zest for 1/2 lemon

**Quick tricks**
Roll your lemon on the counter first to get the juices flowing. Then squeeze it through your fingers to catch the seeds. If you are using a blender like the vitamix, you can put in all the pulp and it will puree them to smithereens. Or if you just like pulpy lemonade, throw it in!

Ever made lemonade before and it just didn't taste very lemony? To correct taste steep the lemon zest in boiling water with the sugar. Then pick the zest out and toss it (or blend it up on the vitamix.) This does two things. First, it makes the sugar into a solution so it's less likely to fall out in the bottom of your container. Second, it gives you a true lemon flavor (from steeping the zest.) You could also use lemon extract to accomplish the lemon flavor.

Start slow with the sugar. Add half and see if you need more. Feel free to add as much water or sugar as you need to make it taste right for you. Just start with the above amounts. You cn always add more sugar or water, but it's hard to take them out. ;)


blueviolet said...

I love fresh lemonade but I've never tried to make it!

Naomi de la Torre said...

I've been looking for a good homemade lemonade recipe! Yum. Can't wait to try it. organicmotherhoodwithcoolwhip.com

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