Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade

Beat The Heat With This Cool Drink!

Ah, to buy store made lemonade or make it homemade?  That is the real question!  Or what about limeade?  I don’t know about you, but not too many stores sell the ready made stuff, and sometimes you just have a craving for limeade without being able to hassle over to the restaurant just to grab a glass (or two).  So just in case, you might want my recipes for classic lemonade.  I’ll even add a diet version just for you!  And just for good measure, I’ll even make a follow up post about limeade and diet limeade!  Just know one thing.  I test and try my recipes, but I wouldn’t be able to have anything delicious or even be able to cook if it wasn’t for the Lord.  Every time, I make a recipe, I have to pray about it to make sure it turns out okay.  And it always does!  So I hope you truly enjoy this recipe.

Rocky’s Homemade Lemonade

2 cups water
2 large lemons
2 cups of sugar
4 cups of ice
2 cups cold water (refrigerated or iced is fine)

Place water in medium sized cooking pot on high heat.  Roll lemons 5 to 6 times with the palm of your hand to release the juices inside the lemon.  Cut the lemons in half and use a spoon to juice the lemon.  If this is too difficult, you can place it in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds to loosen the lemons also.  This makes juicing them easier.  If you have a juicer or lemon juicer, these will speed up the process as well.

Add your juice and sugar to the pot while it is heating and stir constantly to dissolve the sugar and juice.  When pot begins to boil, reduce to medium heat.  Allow to cook 3-5 minutes at a steady boil.  Add 2 cups cold water and your ice to a pitcher.  Remove the mixture from the stove and slowly pour into pitcher with no more than a cup or two at a time to prevent your glass pitcher from breaking (or if you have plastic keep it from melting).  Steadily add your mixture until all is in your pitcher.  Slice lemons into your lemonade for presentation and color.  Remove the lemons before refrigerating overnight as this will make your lemonade bitter.

Diabetics Rejoice!  I Have A Reduced Carb Option!

While my diet lemonade doesn’t remove the fruit juice from this recipe, it does reduce the carbs somewhat.  People with sugar hard to regulate should probably avoid my diet lemonade as it may cause spikes in your sugar or worse.  However, if your sugar is in check and properly regulated with diet, exercise and medication, a glass of this in your diet is a well earned treat!  I hope you enjoy!

Rocky’s Diet Lemonade

2 cups water
2 large lemons
2 cups of Splenda or Stevia
4 cups of ice
2 cups cold water (refrigerated or iced is fine)

Place water in medium sized cooking pot on high heat.  Roll lemons 5 to 6 times with the palm of your hand to release the juices inside the lemon.  Cut the lemons in half and use a spoon to juice the lemon.  If this is too difficult, you can place it in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds to loosen the lemons also.  This makes juicing them easier.  If you have a juicer or lemon juicer, these will speed up the process as well.

Add your juice and sweetener of choice to the pot while it is heating and stir constantly to dissolve the sweetener of choice and juice.  When pot begins to boil, reduce to medium heat.  Allow to cook 3-5 minutes at a steady boil.  Add 2 cups cold water and your ice to a pitcher.  Remove the mixture from the stove and slowly pour into pitcher with no more than a cup or two at a time to prevent your glass pitcher from breaking (or if you have plastic keep it from melting).  Steadily add your mixture until all is in your pitcher.  Slice lemons into your lemonade for presentation and color.  Remove the lemons before refrigerating overnight as this will make your lemonade bitter.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Summer!

While the really hot summer days are still yet to come, you now have two cool recipes to help you beat the heat.  I hope you enjoy these recipes and will just add them to your recipe box.  Until next time, keep cool!



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