Homemade Summer Time Lemonade

This past week my lovely home state saw temps in the 90s.  While the hubs was at work the kids and I made a day of it.  We started with a fun play time at the local splash pad, a (despite our ice packs in the insulated lunch bags) warmish lunch – melted pbjs, yogurt covered raisins, and larabars.  Then made a stop at the local frozen yogurt shop before heading to see daddy at work.  Somewhere in there I decided our 90+ degree summer day needed to be topped of with the perfect lemonade.  Letting my 3 year old help left me with a tasty drink but really sticky kitchen.

While I was pregnant with baby number 2 I had some issues staying hydrated.  One day it lead to come contractions after being advised to put my feet up and drink plenty of fluids, I decided that lemonade was the perfect drink to help me do so.  This must have been about July last year so the Summer heat was also a factor in my compulsive craving.  It was so delicious I drank the entire 4 quarts in about 45 minutes.  Probably would have been better to drink plain water and avoid the sugar but it worked.

Lemonade is great and all but who doesn’t love to mix things up a little and who doesn’t love fresh fruit in their beverage on a hot Summer day.  So we came home with a bag of lemons, 2 lbs of strawberries and blueberries, and 24 oz of raspberries.  My little lady and I got to work quickly on cutting and juicing the lemons, adding the sugar and fruit, and filling up with water.  We even got some fancy little ‘fruit cubes‘ going.  While they were all delicious, the strawberry was the clear winner.  The berry is just so sweet and tasty, how could you go wrong?

Homemade Lemonade Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • fruit of your choice
  • water
Instructions:
  • Wash the lemons.  Cut in half and juice them being carful to avoid getting seeds into the pitcher.
  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar (I like to do 1/4 cup per lemon) and stir.  If you are making raspberry lemonade, you may want to consider adding more sugar.
  • Wash and prepare fruit.  I like to cut the strawberries and cut or crush the blueberries before adding them to the lemonade in order to get the juices to really come out.  I used about 1-2 handfuls of fruit.
  • Fill with water.  I used a 2 quart pitcher.  Just fill it up and stir.  
  • Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so or serve over ice – you could always use these adorable cubes to add a cute flare and cool your drink without watering down your beverage.
  • Discard after a few days.
What are your favorite stay cool drinks and tips for the warm summer months ahead?