Nothing says summer quite as well as an ice cold glass of sweet, tart lemonade. If you’re like me, I enjoy lemonade all year-round. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps maintain healthy skin, bones and teeth, maintain the immune system, and helps the body absorb iron from plant sources.
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How to Choose a Lemon:
When choosing lemons, pick ones with firm, thin, smooth skin, that feel heavy for their size.
How to Store Lemons:
Store unwashed lemons at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in a resealable plastic bag in the
refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Leftover lemon juice can be frozen and used later.
Room Temperature: Up to 2 weeks
Refrigerator: Up to 6 weeks
Rinse lemons thoroughly before preparing. If juicing a lemon, leave at room temperature. To
get the most juice out of the lemon, roll between the palm of your hand and the countertop.
It takes about 6 medium lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice. One medium lemon will give 3
tablespoons of juice and 2 to 3 teaspoons of grated peel.
Easy Lemonade Recipes Below you’ll find several easy lemonade recipes; give them a try until you find your favorite:
1. Lemonade Recipe with bottled lemon juice:
This recipe is convenient for when you don’t have fresh lemons, it uses bottled lemon juice. You might wonder, Is ReaLemon made from real lemons? The answer is yes, each 945 mL bottle of ReaLemon contains the Juice of 21 fresh, quality lemons.
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup ReaLemon bottled lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar
Combine all ingredients. Stir until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice.
2.Lemonade Recipe with fresh lemons:
Get your lemon juicer ready; you’re sure to enjoy this fresh lemonade recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar + 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsps lemon zest
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 5 cups cold water
Add sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small pot. Cook over med-high heat , stir until sugar dissolves – about 3 to 4 minutes to form a simple syrup. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool.Add the simple syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice and water to pitcher. Mix well. Chill and serve over ice, Enjoy!
3.Low Carb Lemonade:
Perfect for a hot summer day, lower in calories and carbs than lemonade made with sugar. Makes about 28 ounces (size of xl starbucks clear iced tea cup)
- 2 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup Realemon bottled lemon juice concentrate
- 5 packets of Splenda
- 1 cup of ice
Add cold water to large water bottle or cup which holds at least 28 ounces. Add Realemon juice and Splenda, stir well. Add ice and enjoy!
4.Easy Raspberry Lemonade:
- 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 cup water
- 5 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 10-12 lemons)
- 1 ½ cups fresh raspberries + 1/2 cup water
5. Easy Mango Lemonade Slushie Recipe:
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups frozen mango pieces
Add the water, sugar and lemon juice to a blender or Magic Bullet. Blend for about 30 seconds, or until sugar is dissolved. Add the mango pieces and blend until smooth, about one minute. Serve and Enjoy!
Bonus: How to Make Sparkling Mango Lemonade and How to Peel a Mango video:
Lemons are a natural energy booster, and adding lemon juice to water packs a quick electrolyte punch. The next time you feel tired after lunch, ignore the soda or afternoon coffee and grab a water and a lemon wedge or make on of our delicious lemonade recipes above.