Lemonade Memories Fresh Squeezed

There are some childhood memories that bring a smile to many adults. I think the first chance of earning your own money for many kids is the classic lemonade stand. Summer time is a perfect time to get out the juicer and make a pitcher or two to sell. Just don’t forget to take into account the free samples that your family will be asking for. This lemonade would also make tasty popsicles. I try to keep popsicles that I make in the freezer for the kids. Try filling your molds with 1/2 of one juice and tilt the mold so you get an angle. Then the next day fill it with a juice of a different color. The result is a fancy 2 colored flavored popsicle. I like to use orange juice and acai berry juice. Then I have orange and deep purple colors. very fancy. I’ll have to make one with lemonade and strawberry puree. I think the flavor would be yummy. strawberry lemonade sicles.

The key to good lemonade is to juice real lemons. If you can get them from your own or a neighbor’s tree even better. Just be sure to ask before you go picking them.

Hardware- medium pot, wooden spoon, cup, measuring cup, liquid measuring cup, pitcher, juicer, flatware teaspoon, damp paper towel, cutting board, knife

Software- 1 cup sugar, lemons, water, bubbly water (optional)

“AHN” adult help needed to create the simple syrup on the stove top and cut the lemons in half.

Steps

  • In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water to create a simple syrup. This step allows the sugar to completely dissolve. That way you avoid the grit of undissolved sugar in your drink.
  • “AHN” Simmer on med to med low heat til the cloudiness is gone. Believe it or not. As the sugar dissolves the liquid will become clear.
  • “AHN” Stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid is clear.
  • Once the syrup is clear, turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Wash the lemons rubbing off the rind to be sure they are very clean.
  • Put the damp paper towel under a cutting board so it doesn’t slip around.
  • Place one lemon on the cutting board.
  • “AHN” Hold the lemon in between the fingers and thumb of your hand making an arch with your hand. That way your hand is not near the knife blade.
  • Using a sawing motion, cut the lemon in half.
  • Repeat with all the lemons.
  • Move the cutting board and put the juicer on the damp paper towel to prevent slipping.
  • Push the lemon halves on the juicer until you get one cup of juice.
  • Remove any seeds with the teaspoon.
  • Pour the 1 cup of lemon juice, 1 cup of the simple syrup, with 3 cups of water or bubbly water.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  • Taste and smile. yum.

We set up shop outside on the street corner with 2 parents, 4 kids, handmade signs, a red wagon, 3 pitchers, paper cups, pretzel rods, and Milanos. Being the oldest, my son was in charge of the money bag. We charged 25 cents a glass. And 25 cents for a pretzel rod, 15 cents for a milano/2 cookies for 25 cents. It was a fun way to make a tasty memory. and our neighbors, who didn’t drive by, enjoyed the surprise visit. Each child ended the adventure with $3.50 and a tummy full of lemonade. All in all not a bad way to spend a quiet afternoon at home. With school coming to an end, I hope you find a time to make lemonade memories of your own.

Side note: On Father’s day my son made this lemonade. I had been hearing a lot of buzz about Agave nectar. It is a natural sweetner from the agave plant. Agave grows in Mexico. It is the same plant they make tequila out of. I tried the Blue Agave Nectar. It is an all natural and sweeter than sugar but has a low glycemic index. We changed the recipe to instead of 1 cup sugar use 2/3 C agave nectar. It worked great. The lemonade was delicious. And a big plus was that we didn’t need to heat up a simple syrup. We just mixed 1 cup water with the 2/3 c agave in a pitcher and once that was all dissolved we added the 1 C lemon juice and 3 C water. Give it a try and tell me what you think of it.

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