There is nothing like fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. This weekend my son and I made fresh squeezed lemonade and set up a lemonade stand. It was so much fun. Making homemade lemonade is very easy. There’s a ton of sugar, but there are ways to cut the sugar and still enjoy that fresh tart sweet taste….
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
- 1-1/2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice (approximately 1 bag of lemons)
- 1-1/4 cups of granulated sugar
- 8 cups of water
**Stir together and serve over ice.
**To cut the sugar and add a little fizz, mix your lemonade with sparking spring water or seltzer.
We drink a lot of sparking spring water and seltzer in our house. It’s a great way to cut the sugar in lemonade. My kids even like it. They are used to drinking the flavored sparkling water vs. sugary soda or juice. I drink unflavored sparkling water with a lemon, lime or orange squeezed into it on a regular basis. It’s my drink of choice. I still believe straight up water is the best beverage health wise, but sometimes you just want that carbonation.
Regardless the high sugar content in fresh squeezed lemonade, it is still considered a “clean cooking” item in my book. You’re making it yourself with fresh ingredients. You can’t beat that. Stay away from the frozen concentrate, pre-made and powdered versions of lemonade. For one, they taste terrible and are expensive. Take the time to grab a bag of lemons, squeeze them and mix the water and sugar in. Nothing tastes better.
Do you and your kids have a lemonade stand in the summer? Do you have ideas to lower the sugar content, but still have great flavor? Let us know….