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Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade

So in February we moved into a new rental home, and much to our surprise discovered an amazing lemon tree by the side of the house. There were so many lemons there was no way we could cook with them all, so when God gives you lemons what do you do? Make Lemonade.

I came across a recipe from The Pioneer Woman, a fellow blogger who seems to be a genius in anything culinary. So when I saw that she had a lemonade recipe, I knew I had to try it. I had to modify it a bit because my pitcher is a lot smaller than hers, but it still came out really good.

Recipe:
12 Lemons
2 Cups of Sugar
3 Cups of water
Ice
and a little bit of extra water

Directions:
1. In a medium sized saucepan bring the 3 cups of water to a boil and mix the sugar in until it dissolves completely. It’ll become a kind of syrup. Then let it cool, either overnight or at least until it is completely chilled through.
2. Cut the lemons in halves and juice them with your juicer. I also know someone who doesn’t have a juicer and she would just squeeze her lemons over a strainer to catch the seeds and pulp. So that is always an option!
3. I put a strainer over my pitcher and poured the lemon juice in to catch any extra pulp, then I put the pulp from my juicer in the strainer as well. Then I mushed it all with a spoon to make sure that I got as much juice as possible.
4. Fill the whole pitcher with ice.
5. Pour water over the ice, but make sure to leave room for the sugar water.
6. Put as much of the sugar water in as you want. Everyone has their own preference for how sweet they like their lemonade. The first batch I made I only put half in, and it was still a bit tart. The next one I put the whole thing in and it was MUCH too sweet for my taste. So I would say about 3/4 of the pan would be good.

I hope that you enjoy this and full credit goes to Ree Drummond and here is the original link to her recipe!
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/05/homemade-lemonade/

I would love to hear anybody’s opinions or recommendations for lemonade as I’m sure I’ll be getting a whole lot more lemons soon!