Thursday, June 25, 2009

Old Fashioned Lemonade

I realize I'm a little early for the fourth of July, but what could be more all-American than lemonade made with real, honest-to-goodness lemons? This drink was just crying out for a cute little flag embellishment.

When I found bags of lemons on sale at Trader Joe's recently, my mind was abuzz with the possibilities. I've never made lemonade this way before. Instead of squeezing out the juice, you thinly slice the lemons, pour sugar on top and let stand for ten minutes, then smush the sugar into the lemon slices to extract juice before stirring in the water. The result? Liquid deliciousness.

Head to Good (&Cheap) Eats for the complete recipe. I doubled it, incidentally, since I just had a good feeling about this.

And I am not sorry. Not one bit.
Do you have any favorite summertime drinks to recommend?
Note: For more summer-themed photos, check out the You Capture blog carnival at I Should be Folding Laundry.



Blogger SAH in Suburbia said...

I started making this a few weeks ago and my children can't get enough!! Even after we down the first jug, I simply fill it with water again (and a bit more sugar). There seems to be enough juice left in the lemons to carry us a bit longer - delish!!

June 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Brilliant, frugal idea, SAH in Suburbia!

June 25, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

I am PARCHED for this!! Looks so bright and lemony good! Will give this a try, maybe this coming weekend after grocery shopping!!!

June 25, 2009 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

Making this tomorrow! I have a bag of lemons in the fridge that stare at me every time I open the door.

I like to add a sprig of fresh mint from my garden to my lemonade, and freeze blueberries into ice cubes and pop them in.

June 25, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Mint in the lemonade sounds lovely, Carpoolqueen, as does the blueberries in ice cube idea. Thanks for sharing :)

June 25, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Oh how refreshing that looks!! And here I sit just crunching on ice cubes. :) Not very creative or thirst-quenching, is it? LOL!

June 25, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

My kids LOVE lemonade. They also love the slushies I make them found on hillbillyhousewife's site.

June 25, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Hi Lynn! As for the chocolate fondue, it was a "Deceptively Delicious" recipe (Jessica Seinfeld) made with avacado and carrot puree. We fondued it with graham crackers. And like I said... it was a hit.

As for summer time drinks? I'm going to the beach in a couple weeks and I'm planning on some trying to make some yummy sangria. If it turns out well, you know I'll share some thoughts. :)

Thanks for visiting!

June 25, 2009 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That sounds scrumptious and very refreshing. Fresh lemondade is the perfect summer drink! Love this post to pieces!

June 25, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

That sounds awesome! I'm going to have to try this at home too. Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way.

June 26, 2009 at 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yummy! YUMMY! :)

June 26, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Marta said...

Pineapple water: that's my favourite! Just steep pineapples in water for a day and you get the most refreshing water!
This is nice, old fashioned, classic summer coolness in a glass!

June 27, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

I am going to try this asap. It sounds delicious and refreshing. Looks so pretty too.

June 29, 2009 at 3:03 AM  
Blogger Prairie Lady said...

Yum! I make mine with stevia instead of sugar.

June 29, 2009 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger A Joyful Chaos said...

How interesting! I will have to try that this afternoon. It's hot outside. I have lemons on hand. What better time to give it a try? Thanks for sharing.

June 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Marta, your pineapple water sounds really interesting. I'm going to have to give that a try. Thanks for the idea ;)

June 29, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

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