Jul 16, 2012

Making Lemonade

Lemonade is a simple summer tradition that can be enjoyed by the entire family . . . well almost.  Baby M isn't quite old enough to enjoy it, yet.

B and G on the other hand, not only love to drink lemonade, but they have fun making it as well. 

I have to confess that there is no real science to this recipe or anything.  I sort of came up with it when I was pregnant with B.  He was born in September and it was a  L   O   N  G  hot summer that year.  I was told that lemon helped to settle stomachs.  Well since I spent most of my pregnancy with him feeling rather nauseated, I was willing to try anything to make the feeling go away. 

So here you have it my thrown together lemonade!

You'll need:
3 lemons
1 cup of sugar
1 liter of water
a knife
a cutting board
a pitcher
a juicer

What to do:

The steps are pretty simple.  My 4 and 6 year old were able to help with most of the process.

1.  Wash the lemons

2.  Cut the lemons in half {I did this part}.  I also like to dig out the big seeds that I can see after cutting the lemons in half.

3.  Using a juicer {I'm not sure of the actual name for this tool, but I think you get the picture} turn the lemon halves and squeeze the juice out of them.  I started the lemons on the juicer for B and G.  When they got as much of the juiced out as they could, I helped to get the remainder out.

The lemons will look like this when all of juice is out of them.

4.  Pulp will collect on the top of the juicer.  I try to dig as many of the seeds as I am able to find out of the pulp before dumping it in the pitcher.  You could choose to leave the pulp out if you'd like.  Personally, I think it gives the lemonade more flavor.  So I use it.

We got about 1 cup of lemon juice from our 3 lemons.

5.  Pour the lemon juice into the pitcher.

6.  Add 1 cup of sugar and fill the pitcher with water.

7.  Stir it all together.

8.  I like to add the remaining lemon halves to the pitcher as well.  They add more flavor.

We made some brownies to go along with our lemonade.  They were just a bag mix.  1 made from scratch item is enough me{I know, I know, call me lazy!}

Hey brownies are brownies, and the kids still liked them despite the fact that they were a bag mix!

Oh and by the way these are items #24 and #27 from our Summer Activity List.


  1. I have to dig out the big seeds too. They drive me nuts! Looks delicious - I have to admit - I'm a mix girl, myself! Maybe we'll try this this summer!

    1. Um yeah those seeds are just YUCKY!

      Mixes are the best,right?!

  2. I used to do something similar when we first got married. Then I got pregnant and lemonade was the only thing that I could drink. I haven't really been able to drink it since then. This makes me think I should try. :)

    1. What is it about lemonade and being pregnant?

      Give it a try, I'll bet the kids will like it. Although, if they are anything like mine you'll need a triple batch!

  3. My children love homemade lemonade too!