Lemonade is a sweetened beverage made from lemons, sugar, and water. It is popular in the United States during the spring and summer, when it is generally served chilled, with ice.
In some countries, the word 'lemonade' is also used to describe any clear carbonated drink; in others, it means any fruit-flavoured soda.
- 6 medium Lemons, should yield 250mL of juice
- 900mL of Water
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- Juice the lemons on a citrus reamer, rolling the lemons on the counter with moderate pressure prior to juicing will result in more juice from each lemon. Try to keep out the seeds. If you prefer lemonade with no pulp, strain the juice to remove it.
- Dissolve the sugar in the water. Heat may be helpful if using a large amount of sugar.
- Combine the juice and sugar water in a pitcher. Stir well.
- Chill or serve over ice cubes.
- Hard Lemonade adds an alcoholic spirit, such as tequila, gin, or vodka, to the lemonade.
- Various fruits, such as strawberries and raspberries can be added for colour and
flavour. A small amount of beet broth gives pink lemonade with little change in
- Herbs, such as mint, borage, lavender, and lemon verbena can change the aroma of the drink.
- Including the peels, bruised and sliced, gives more bite and a stronger aroma.
- Other citrus fruits can be used, including Lime, Orange, and Grapefruit. Sugar and water content should be adjusted to taste. In American parlance, these are not technically lemonades, but limeade, orangeade, etc.