I would be hard pushed to find a drink more refreshing than this one on a hot day.

My youngest daughter loves lemons, she will suck on half a lemon and enjoy every minute.  She sucks her two middle fingers on her right hand and if she gets a chance she likes to squeeze a bit of lemon juice on them before putting them in her mouth. So she often asks me to make lemonade for her.  She loves the drink but she also loves to suck on the leftover lemon halves.

The last few weeks we have had really hot weather and this drink has been perfect for quenching thirsts.

It’s very easy to make and if you would like it fizzy, then dilute with a little sparkling water.

3 lemons (preferably unwaxed, if not then scrub under warm water)
80g caster sugar
500ml just boiled water


Using a vegetable peeler peel the lemons, making sure you have only the yellow skin and no white pith.  If you have any white pith then scrape it off, otherwise it will make the lemonade taste bitter.

Put the peel and the juice of the 3 lemons in a large bowl.  Add the sugar and the just boiled water.  Stir well, making sure that all of the sugar has dissolved. Cover with a clean cloth and leave for a few hours to infuse and cool.  Strain and enjoy with ice, or diluted with a little sparkling water.

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16 thoughts on “Lemonade”

  1. Lovely, just what’s been needed over the last few weeks. Now, I’m sure it’s not the usual thing for three year olds to suck lemons, but she obviously has good taste and knows what’ good for her.

  2. You’ve just reminded me that I made some last summer and Hubby loved it. Will need to give your recipe a try and see if he can tell the difference ;0)

  3. I really don’t think I could muster up the courage to suck a piece of lemon!
    Homemade lemonade is perfect for this wonderful weather and it looks delicious.

  4. I love lemons too, especially Meyer lemons. I’ve never used the peels the way you do. I’ll have to try this. I love a nice glass of homemade lemonade. I lived in a house with a prolific lemon tree outside my front door for about one year. It was fabulous. I made lemonade often. I hope you two continue to enjoy your lemons and lemonade.

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